Major Industries and Employment


Isanti County is home to more than two dozen tech-intensive manufacturers in diverse industries – including metals, plastics, automotive parts, printing/publishing, testing labs, food processing, and materials handling. They provide finished goods or parts meeting the highest quality standards for:

  • Automobiles
  • Electronic equipment
  • Food products
  • Grain-handling equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Recreational vehicles

...and other products. Several expanded significantly in 2010 and 2011.


Major employers include:

  • Adventure Publications
  • Arrow Tank & Engineering
  • Aurelius Manufacturing
  • Cambridge Metals & Plastics/Water Works
  • Schlagel Manufacturing
  • TEAM Industries
  • U.S. Water

MAPE USA, an Italian-owned manufacturer of engine components, maintains two Foreign Trade Zones in Cambridge. Ever Cat Fuels, an innovative bio-diesel processing company, located to the City of Isanti in 2009.

As a free-standing regional center, Cambridge is home to Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Allina Medical Center and Hospital, a regional library, and a wide array of retailers.

Manufacturing employment in the county is 13.6% of total employment; higher than the nation at 10.2% and Greater MSP at 12.04%. (Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2010.)