Mecca of Automated Packaging Machinery Manufacturing

The Alexandria, MN area is home to 4 of the world’s leading manufacturers of automated packaging machines, marking the region as one of the leaders in technology development and innovation in this industry. Equipment designed, engineered, and manufacturing by Alexandria area companies is utilized by businesses across the United States and around the world.

Automated Packaging Machine Manufactures located in the Alexandria region include:

Aagard Group, LLC
Brenton Engineering Company
Douglas Machine
Massman Automation Designs

While manufacturing jobs make up approximately 13% of all jobs in Minnesota, in Douglas County manufacturing jobs make up approximately 16.6% of local employment opportunities with an average weekly wage of $890 (according to 2011 MN DEED data).

Packaging Machine Manufacturers Consortium

Packaging Machine Manufacturers Consortium

In July of 2009, leaders of four of the Alexandria area’s automated packaging machine manufacturing companies came together to form the Packaging Machine Manufacturers Consortium (PMMC). While member companies compete against each other to a degree, leaders agreed to, “Pool resources for the purposes of non-competitive recruiting, hiring, and retention of talented staff who will enhance and expand the knowledge base and experience level of the region and the industry.” To learn more about PMMC, its mission, its members, and manufacturing careers in demand in the Alexandria area, go to