As the largest industry in Winona County, the impact of manufacturing on the job outlook in the Winona area is significant. One in every four employees in Winona County are employed in manufacturing and trades.

The Winona area is home to local, national, and international manufacturing businesses. Everything from composites to chains to canoes to computer drives and more. The crane for the New Year’s Eve ball in New York City was made right here in Winona.

Businesses in building trades range from one-person to over one hundred employees. Professional building trades as an industry produces the highest number of business owners and entrepreneurs.

Explore Winona’s diverse manufacturing and trades businesses and what careers are available for all levels of education.


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What’s Inside

  • Foreward

  • An invitation to grow in Winona

  • What is composites manufacturing?

  • Local roots global reach

  • Thinking of Winona?

  • The story of two Winona manufacturing entrepreneurs

  • The importance of an internship: From a student’s view

  • Importance of internships and short-term employment for students

  • Career and college pathways

  • Preparing for future

  • Career profile tool

  • What do you need to do to succeed?

  • Creating an effective resume

  • Interviewing tips

  • Directory