Business Data

Government and Taxes

Government Services Building


Rice County prides itself in keeping taxes low, and is one of the lowest taxed counties in all of Minnesota. This translates into savings for businesses – contributing to our business-friendly environment.




Market Profiles by ESRI for Rice County and Rice County Communities


Rice County 2014 FAM Tour Presentation

This presentation includes specific information requested by site selectors and growing/explanding businesses.



Steel Waseca Cooperative ElectricSteele-Waseca Cooperative Electric - (507) 451-7340

Xcel EnergyXcel Energy - 800-622-3674

Natural Gas

Xcel EnergyXcel Energy

Water/Waste Water/Solid Waste Disposal

  • Provided locally by each city or township.


  • Several telephone, internet and cable services available in Rice County.




  • Canadian Pacific Rail, service provided by Progressive Rail.

Highway Systems

  • Interstate I-35
  • Minnesota State Highways 3, 19, 21, 60, 99, 246, 298, 299

Motor Freight Services

  • Several local and national motor freight services in Rice County area.

Bus Systems

  • Jefferson, Grayhound, Northfield Lines, and local transit service.

Overnight Package Delivery

  • Federal Express, UPS, Mail Express, and a number of other couriers serve the area.

Major Employers

Rice County is home to a diverse number of exceptional companies. Employers have created and retained jobs in the manufacturing, high tech, health care, government and educational sectors. Our major employers include:

  • Post Consumer Brands
  • St. Olaf College
  • Carleton College
  • Jennie-O Turkey Store
  • Northfield Hospital
  • Northfield Public Schools
  • Faribault Public Schools
  • Minnesota Correctional Facility
  • McLane Minnesota
  • Daikin Applied (McQuay)
  • Multek Flexible Circuits, Inc.
  • Faribault Foods, Inc.
  • Rice County Offices
  • Cenneidigh, Inc.
  • Minnesota State Academies
  • Met-Con Companies