Driver Industries

A variety of strong businesses operating in Superior-Douglas County help boost the local economy. These businesses play a vital role in the continuing growth of the area. However, there are three main industries that are the backbone of the area’s economy:

  • Transportation
  • Manufacturing

Transportation Industry in Superior – Douglas County

One of the main drivers to the local economy is the cargo port on Lake Superior. Superior along with the neighboring Duluth, MN share one of the largest harbors in the Great Lakes area. Over 11,500 jobs are impacted by the cargo shipments form the Great Lakes port. Major companies operating from the Superior-Douglas County port include:

  • Fraser Shipyards

In addition other companies that operate in the rail and trucking industry also account for a lot of jobs in the area. The following companies call Superior – Douglas County their home.

  • Dave Evans Transportation
  • Halvor Lines
  • Jeff Foster Trucking, Inc.
  • Northway Carrier

Manufacturing Industry in Superior – Douglas County

Superior – Douglas County offers a business friendly environment for manufacturing companies to relocate and grow. Several large manufacturers who drive the economy these include:

  • BNSF Railroad
  • Calumet Superior, LLC
  • Charter Films
  • Graymont (WI) LLC
  • Peavey Company
  • Enbridge Pipelines (Lakehead) L.L.C.
  • Fen-Tech, Inc.
  • Field Logic Inc.
  • Genesis Attachments
  • Midwest Energy Resource
  • RJS Construction Group, LLC
  • Swanstrom Tool
  • Superior Lidgerwood Mundy


Investing in The Development Association is a partnership. Our investors benefit directly from our services and efforts offered, but it’s the bigger picture that gives the community strength. Every phone call, morning meeting, and “request for proposal” is a drop in a larger bucket of categorical growth. A journey defined by each step to an ever-changing destination.



Big or small, old or new, The Development Association offers services that are essential to all kinds of businesses. From addressing the needs of a single person, to rallying the community behind a larger cause, The Development Association is on the job, making sure the gears of business continue moving.