Major Employers

wedc30A variety of businesses call the Willmar lakes area home.  Minnesota is the #1 turkey producing and processing state in the United States and two of our county’s major employers include Jennie-O Turkey Store and Willmar Poultry Company.  The county’s second largest industry is healthcare and social assistance, which is evidenced by the number included in our list of major employers below:

Employee Size
Jennie-O Turkey Store Willmar 1000-4999
Affiliated Community Medical Centers Willmar 500-999
Rice Memorial Hospital Willmar 500-999
Willmar Poultry Company Willmar 500-999
Bethesda Heritage Center Willmar 250-499
Bethesda Pleasant View Nursing Home Willmar 250-499
Cash Wise Foods Willmar 250-499
Divine House, Inc. Willmar 250-499
Kandiyohi County Willmar 250-499
Ridgewater College Willmar 250-499
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Willmar 100-249
Cub Foods Willmar 100-249
Divine Home Care Willmar 100-249
Duininck Brothers, Inc. Prinsburg 100-249
Grace Living Community of Glen Oaks New London 100-249
Green Mill Restaurant Willmar 100-249
Herbergers Willmar 100-249
Holiday Inn Willmar 100-249
Home Instead Senior Care Willmar 100-249
Kandi Works DAC Kandiyohi 100-249
Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department Willmar 100-249
Willmar Public Schools Willmar 100-249
Menards Willmar 100-249
Molenaar, LLC Willmar 100-249
PALS Willmar 100-249
New London-Spicer Schools New London 100-249
REM South Central Services Willmar 100-249
Rice Care Center Willmar 100-249
Minnesota Department of Transportation Willmar 100-249
Target Willmar 100-249
Walmart Supercenter Willmar 100-249
West Central Tribune Willmar 100-249
Willmar Cookie & Nut Co. Willmar 100-249
Source:  Reference USA Employer Database

Our Statistics:

Below are some employment statistics for Kandiyohi County as of Q2 of 2013:

  • There were 1,395 total establishments
  • The largest industry was retail trade with 233 establishments followed by construction with 176 and education, health services with 151 and professional and business services with 145
  • The largest employment sector is education and health services with 6,991 employees followed by manufacturing with 3,205, retail trade with 2,916 and leisure and hospitality with 1,671

(Source:  Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development QCEW Results)

Employment Status (population 16 years and over 33,303)

  • In labor force 70.1%
  • Employed 64.4%
  • Unemployment rate 4.8%
  • Civilian employed population 16 years and over 23,295
    • Median household income $47,588
      Median family income $59,259
      Median earnings for workers $25,888

(Source: 2010-2012 American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau)