Top employers in the city include:

  • Cirrus Aircraft
  • Kestrel Aircraft
  • AAR Corp
  • 148th Air National Guard
  • TKDA
  • Barr Engineering
  • LHB
  • Enbridge and Lake Superior Consulting

The city is known to be a major hub for healthcare, higher education, business and retail services in the area. The city is also a major transportation center where coal, taconite, agricultural products, cement and limestone regularly pass through its ports.