Minimizer, a truck accessories and product company, hosted legislators at its headquarters in Blooming Prairie, Minn., to discuss ideas for boosting rural economic development through small manufacturing businesses.

“We have held a meeting like this before, and we wanted to do so again,” said Craig Kruckeberg, CEO of Minimizer. “Our objective is to keep rural manufacturing concerns, like Minimizer, on the radar. It is easy to be forgotten when there are so many high-profile, urban projects that the state gets involved with.”

Kruckeberg and the legislators discussed the use of DEED (Department of Employment and Economic Development) grants to provide support to sustain growth in rural communities. Low-interest loans and bonding for infrastructure to keep businesses running were also hot topics, according to Minimizer.