Business Developments

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By Mohamed Mourssi

Northern Region

Enbridge Energy, the Canadian petroleum pipeline developer, intends to create 90 new jobs in its Duluth facility in addition to the 110 jobs it created last year. The company’s growth in the area is from a boom in its business that it expects will last until 2018 and maybe longer, according to Enbridge’s senior manager of U.S. public affairs.

AAR, the Illinois-based leading provider of diverse products and services to the worldwide aviation industry, plans on adding a third line to its maintenance plant in the Twin Ports area. The aerospace and defense contractor maintains planes for Air Canada and currently employs 276 Northlanders. The new facility will create 40 new jobs. 

Grand Rapids-based Magnetation received approval from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to move forward with the establishment of a new iron ore recovery facility near Coleraine. This will be the company’s fourth Iron Range facility. The new facility will cost about $120 million and create 160 jobs by 2015 when the project is completed.

Central Region

Industrial welding company WFSI plans to expand its manufacturing facility in Sauk Rapids, adding 32 new jobs. The company received a $200,000 Minnesota Investment Fund loan to execute its expansion plan. The 145,000 sq. ft. facility will allow the company to leverage its production volume and sales and boost the local economy. 

The leading manufacturer of consumer food packaging used for microwave cooking, Inline Packaging, announced a plan to expand its current Princeton site by adding 2,500 sq. ft. to the facility. The expansion will create 25 jobs to meet increasing demand for the company’s products.

Twin Cities Metro Area

Emerson Process Management Rosemount announced a plan to expand its Rosemount manufacturing center with the addition of a 500,000 sq. ft. building in Shakopee. The expansion plan includes a capital investment of up to $70 million and is expected to add 500 jobs. The new site will be phased in over the next five years. Emerson Process Management Rosemount is well known for manufacturing pressure, temperature, flow, level and wireless measurement instrumentation.

Asphalt recycler Recovery Technology Solutions plans to develop a new manufacturing plant in Shakopee’s Raceway Park, adding 22 jobs. The 24-hour facility will keep 70,000 tons of asphalt shingles out of landfills every year and reduce annual carbon emissions by 5,800 metric tons, according to CEO Tom Branhan.

Software developer Calabrio moved its headquarters from Plymouth to a 30,000 sq. ft. office in downtown Minneapolis to accommodate business growth. The new headquarters will house an additional 40 employees in the next two years.

Eden Prairie-based 3D-printing company Stratasys, Ltd, announced a deal to acquire its competitor MakerBot in a stock transaction worth $403 million. The new merger is planned to add at least 80 jobs by the end of 2013.

Southern Region

Global work-site safety equipment manufacturer Capital Safety Group moved to Minnesota from London in 2012. The company has proposed an expansion of its Red Wing headquarters in a move that would create between 50 and 100 new jobs. CEO Stephen Oswald stated that his main focus will be on expanding the company’s global footprint and that he sees ‘unlimited potential in the future’ for the company’s growth. 

Duluth, Georgia-based agricultural machinery maker and distributer AGCO announced an expansion plan to invest $42 million in its manufacturing center in Jackson, Minn. The investment is anticipated to increase production capacity by about 25 percent for both tractors and sprayers and create 75 new jobs over the coming three years. AGCO’s Jackson facility is the city’s largest employer. Most of the new jobs will be in manufacturing and production, and a small percentage will be administrative and support positions, according to a spokesperson.  

Kahler Automation, a Fairmont-based designer and manufacturer of automation technologies for the industrial and agricultural industries, announced a plan to expand its facility by adding 15,000 sq. ft. to the current 21,000 sq. ft. site. The $5.5 million expansion is expected to create 15 new jobs.