Waseca’s business tradition has an entrepreneurial spirit and a large variety of businesses-retail, automotive, recreation and professional.
Leading in manufacturing & technology
Waseca is thriving and flourishing due to strong industry clusters, infrastructure, natural resources and labor pool accessibility. Twenty-five percent of private sector jobs in Waseca are in manufacturing and information technology. Key players can be found in these industries: printing and printing support, ethanol production, manufacturing of food, machinery and specialty industries in electronics and electrical components.
The growth of telecommunications, data networks and the wireless industry together with the close proximity to agricultural products and other raw materials have attributed to the success of the area. There are over 10 higher education institutions within a 50 mile radius of Waseca which continually fill the need for a strong skilled workforce.The city of Waseca’s construction of a $16 million wastewater treatment facility scheduled to be completed in 2010 will reduce flooding, install a phosphorus removal system, improve the treatment facility and improve the capacity for the city’s residential and business growth.
US Highway 14 is a major highway running from coast to coast and is an interregional corridor that connects New Ulm, Mankato, Owatonna, Rochester and Winona. Originally constructed as a two-lane highway, the expansion of Highway 14 to a four-lane corridor between Rochester and Mankato will improve safety and commerce.
Waseca’s major employers include:
- Brown Printing
- Birds Eye Foods
- Itron, Inc.
- Waseca Public Schools
- Data Radio COR, LTD
- Federal Correctional Institution
- Waseca County
- Mayo Clinic Health System
- Emerson Network Power Connectivity Soluations
- ELM Homes, Inc.
- Winegar Inc.