Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing LLC (Detroit Reman) held a groundbreaking ceremony at its new facility near the Range Regional Airport in Hibbing, Minn. today.
The $2.735 million expansion project is the result of continuing support from local agencies, including the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB). In October 2012, IRRRB supported the expansion with a $2.5 million loan to Chisholm Hibbing Airport Authority (CHAA) to build out the airport speculative building for occupancy by Detroit Reman. The agency also provided a $1.625 million loan to CHAA for construction of the speculative building in 2006.
The Hibbing facility has experienced significant growth since its acquisition by Detroit Reman in 2007. An additional 30,000 sq. ft. will immediately be added to the 30,000 square feet airport location to provide the space necessary to support the electronic manufacturing and remanufacturing activities well into the future. Relocation of existing operations will be complete in early 2015. The move to the new facility accommodates Detroit Reman’s planned expansion and growth in Hibbing, retains 100 existing jobs, and creates the potential for 30 to 50 new jobs within the next three to five years.
“The highly technical skills of our employees and our continuing cooperation with local agencies made the decision to expand on the Iron Range an easy one,” commented David Rhode, plant operations manager in Hibbing. “Today represents the next chapter in Detroit Reman’s long-term commitment to our employees and the region,” continued Rhode.
Detroit Reman’s Hibbing facility remanufactures a complete line of electronic and mechatronic components under various brands, including the Detroit™ Genuine Parts brand for DTNA’s on-highway market. As part of the Daimler AG family (Daimler Trucks North America), Detroit Reman is fast becoming a leader in the remanufacture and manufacture of electronics. In addition to a strong foundation in the heavy duty equipment, truck, and passenger car markets, product segments also include agriculture, transit and rail applications.
IRRRB is a state economic development agency headquartered in northeastern Minnesota whose mission is to promote and invest in business, community and workforce development for the betterment of northeastern Minnesota.
Detroit Reman employees gather for a photo in front of their new facility.