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Wednesday, September 12 2018

Company to Invest More than $105 Million and Create 415 Jobs Over Five Years
Goodyear, AZ — Andersen Corporation, America's premier window and door manufacturer, announced its intent to build a new manufacturing and distribution campus in the western United States. The company is working with the State of Arizona and the City of Goodyear, Ariz., regarding a proposed location. Andersen plans to invest more than $105 million and create more than 415 jobs during the first phase of this expansion.

Andersen has been leading the window and door industry for more than 115 years by creating different and better products and services and building brands people value and trust. In recent years, the company has achieved unprecedented growth driven in part by its proprietary Fibrex® engineered composite products, including its Andersen® 100 Series and Renewal by Andersen® product lines. This expansion is part of the company’s strategy to make significant investments to meet current and future demand for its Fibrex material-based products.

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Wednesday, September 05 2018

Exports grew 15 percent between the second quarters of 2017 and 2018

St. Paul, MN — Sales of Minnesota agricultural, mining and manufactured exports grew 15 percent to a second quarter record of $5.9 billion, according to figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Minnesota represents the 11th largest gain in exports nationwide for this period. U.S. exports as a whole were up 11 percent, with 43 states reporting increased export sales.

It is unknown whether countermeasures on U.S. exports had any impact on these statistics. Countermeasures were implemented in June and July by Canada, Mexico, China, and the European Union as a response to U.S. tariffs on select products from those regions.

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Friday, August 31 2018

Company adding to manufacturing operations, creating 132 jobs

St. Paul, MN — Commercial HVAC manufacturer Daikin Applied Americas Inc. will create 132 jobs and invest $40.3 million to expand its manufacturing operations in Faribault.

The company said it will buy an existing 300,000-square-foot warehouse and renovate the building into a state-of-the-art production facility. The new jobs will be created within five years and pay wages that average $22.20 an hour.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is supporting the project with a $750,000 loan from the Minnesota Investment Fund and a $1.6 million grant from the Job Creation Fund. The company will receive the funding after it meets investment and hiring commitments.

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Wednesday, April 19 2017
Wind Adds Jobs Over Nine Times Faster than the Overall Economy

St. Paul MN — American wind power added jobs over 9 times faster than the overall economy amid robust growth for another year, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which released its 2016 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report at the Minnesota State Capitol. Installing over 8,000 megawatts (MW) of new wind power for a second straight year, the U.S. industry invested over $14 billion in 2016 in new wind farms built in rural America, and now supports a record-high 102,500 jobs.
“Thanks to another year of strong, steady growth, wind increasingly powers the U.S. economy, adding nearly 15,000 jobs just last year and bringing total wind industry employment to over 102,000 jobs across all 50 states,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA, speaking in St. Paul. “By building new wind farms we are investing in rural and Rust Belt America. And last year, wind energy became America’s number one source of renewable generating capacity, further advancing U.S. energy security.”

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Tuesday, November 22 2016

Mankato, MN -- The Mankato – North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had a slight uptick in jobs for the month of October, up by 0.4% or 242 jobs as compared to October of 2015. The Greater Mankato area saw an all-time high for employment with 57,778 jobs.

Mankato - North Mankato MSA has typically had a very strong 4th Quarter per seasonal trends. October has the highest levels of employment. The strength of the 4th quarter is related to seasonal hiring related to holiday purchasing, which impact multiple sectors including retail, wholesale, and manufacturing.

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Thursday, November 10 2016

Company will invest $33.9 million and create 50 jobs

St. Paul, MN -- Federal Cartridge Co. announced plans to create 50 jobs and invest $33.9 million on upgrades and capacity expansion at its manufacturing facility in Anoka. 

The ammunition maker said it will update machinery and equipment and will renovate its production plant, including improving utilities and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. The new jobs will be created over the next two years and pay total wages of more than $17 an hour. 

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is supporting the project with a $258,000 grant from the Job Creation Fund and a $900,000 loan from the Minnesota Investment Fund. The loan may be forgiven if the company meets its hiring and investment commitments. 

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Tuesday, August 30 2016
B. Norland named new Director of Marketing & Communications for Greater Mankato Growth

Mankato, MN -- Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) is pleased to announce the selection of Bridget Norland as its new Director of Marketing & Communications.
Since joining GMG at the start of the year, Bridget has immediately added value to our members and business community, our stakeholders, collaborators; as well as initiated new marketing and communications tools, programs and services.  Her degree in graphic design and 10+ years in project management and web design, along with diverse industry experience ranging from Corporate Graphics Commercial, VoyageurWeb and Angie’s Artisan Treats have equipped her with strong insight to business and a balanced, varied set of skills.

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Friday, April 29 2016

Duluth, MN -- maurices unveiled the design of its new headquarters building. The new maurices Headquarters, located at 425 West Superior Street, will be approximately 200,000 square feet, stand 11 stories in height and span an entire city block. It’s the largest downtown commercial development in Duluth’s history.

“We are so proud to be building our new headquarters in downtown Duluth, where we have been for 80 years, and to be part of the exciting growth and development in Duluth,” says George Goldfarb, President of maurices.

The new building clad in brick and precast concrete with substantial glass on the upper floors fits with the architecture of downtown Duluth. And, with its prominent glass corners, custom night lighting and a dramatic two-story lobby grand entrance, it will be an iconic gateway to Duluth. Large glass windows on the office levels will provide views of the harbor and city and allow natural light to enter the space.

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Friday, June 12 2015

National transport logistics company makes room for growth

Dayton, MN -- Groundbreaking on a new building expansion project commenced last Monday, June 1, at King Solutions’ Minnesota headquarters. The location currently houses the corporate business operations along with a large portion of the company’s warehousing and trailer transportation services. King Solutions’ business is growing, and the company needs to accommodate the uptick in order to serve its customers in the most efficient manner possible.

“The extra room will ensure that we can continue to build and deliver customized solutions for our clients.”

The expansion includes an additional 54,276 square feet of warehouse space, bringing the total property, headquarters included, to approximately 200,000 square feet. The new warehouse facility will accommodate an additional 3,000 pallet positions and house a fleet of over 150 trailers. In line with King Solutions’ ThinKING Green initiative, the building will feature energy-efficient motion-sensor lighting and video surveillance.

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