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Members of Alexandria's new Packaging Machine Manufacturers' Consortium were pictured in an Enterprise Minnesota story listing Douglas County as one of "Five Great Places to be a Manufacturer in Minnesota." They include (clockwise, from bottom left) Jeff Bigger, Massman Automation Designs, LLC; Rick Paulsen, Douglas Machine; Jason Murray, Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission; Gary Christianson, ITW Heartland; Todd Zarbok, Alexandria Technical and Community College; Ray Frazee, Douglas Machine;...

Five great places to be a manufacturer in Minnesota

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Douglas County's reputation as a leader in the packaging manufacturing industry is shining brighter than ever.

Enterprise Minnesota magazine named the county as one of "Five Great Places to be a Manufacturer in Minnesota."


The five communities were saluted for taking extra measures to ensure the continued success of their local manufacturers, "and in turn, their schools, families and economies."

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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