Targeted Industries

Food  Hormel Foods Corporation was established in Austin in 1891. In the decades since, major business infrastructure has grown with Hormel Foods. Trucking, warehousing, corrugated, printing, contractors, and professional services are present in numbers higher than typical for a community this size. 

Agriculture  Mower County is one of the top ranked producers of soybeans, corn and hogs in Minnesota and the United States. Agriculture's innovations are being incorporated here in Mower County area with massive investment in cutting edge practices.

Workforce is the foundation of a solid economy. Here, Riverland Community College is a leader in agricultural and food science-related training and education. 

Link: Mower County Agriculture Census - 2017

Bioscience  Started in 1942 by Jay C. Hormel, The Hormel Institute (pictured at right), University of Minnesota has a seven-decade history of making significant scientific discoveries aimed at improving the health of the world. 

For the past 20 years, The Hormel Institute has targeted its cutting-edge research on better ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer. The group of highly successful research scientists is focused on determining cancer’s basic molecular mechanisms to develop new anti-cancer agents. The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota is part of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center, and collaborative research partners with global leaders such as Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson, Columbia University and many more worldwide.