Residents of Faribault County and the area have a unique opportunity to tour several manufacturing firms this coming Saturday.
The three are Express Diagnostics International (EDI), Aerospace Systems and Wells Concrete.
All three, as well as eight more located in the Mankato and Lake Crystal areas, will have an open house and tours on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
It's all part of Minnesota Manufacturers Week, being celebrated Oct. 20 26.
Locally the event is being organized and sponsored by Faribault County Development Corporation (FCDC).
"We've partnered for several years now with a group out of Mankato," FCDC executive director Linsey Warmka says. "We look at this as a good way to give our local industries some exposure to the public. In many cases people don't know what these companies do, or how much impact they have on the community."
Warmka says last year the tour was held on a Thursday, but this year it has been moved to a Saturday.
"Unfortunately several of the firms will not be operating on Saturday," she says. "But they will still have tours of the facility, video presentations and information on what they do."
Saturday will probably work out better for the public if they have the day off, however, and organizers are hoping for a good turnout.
EDI is located in the West Industrial Park in Blue Earth, at 1550 Industrial Drive. Their main business is producing drug test kits that are marketed both in the U.S and abroad.
Aerospace Systems, a division of Nortech Systems of Wayzata, is also located in the industrial park, at 1930 West First Street in Blue Earth. They produce electronic cables and equipment for the military and for commercial aircraft.
Wells Concrete is located at 835 Highway 109 NE in Wells. They build prestress panels for construction of buildings.
A feature story on each of the three businesses is included in this week's Faribault County Register, on pages 10, 11, 12. Full information on all of the businesses hosting tours this Saturday is included in a magazine insert inside this week's Register.