Andersen Plans $18M Expansion, 100 New Jobs
Window and door maker Andersen Corporation is planning an $18 million expansion of its manufacturing facility in Bayport and expects to create 100 new full-time jobs.
Andersen said the expansion involves improvements to an existing building and the purchase of new machinery. The company said the new jobs will pay an average of $19 an hour, plus benefits.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced Wednesday that it will assist the expansion by providing Andersen with $625,000 from the Minnesota Job Creation Fund, if the company meets certain goals.
“Andersen has deep roots in Minnesota going back more than 100 years,” DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said in a statement. “We’re pleased to help a company that has a long history of success in the state and is known for its commitment to business partners, employees, and the community.”
Anderson moved its headquarters to Bayport in 1913 and currently employs about 9,000 people across North America.
“The assistance we received from DEED, and organizations such as Greater MSP, helped ensure this significant expansion happened in our home state,” Andersen President and CEO Jay Lund said in a statement. “We had several location options to choose from and selected Minnesota because of the experienced workforce, our integrated supply-chain model, and the ability to leverage capacity at our flagship plant in Bayport.”
The Minnesota Job Creation Fund, first proposed by Governor Mark Dayton last year, is a pay-for-performance program that provides up to $1 million to businesses after they meet certain criteria, such as job creation and private investments. According to DEED, businesses must create at least 10 full-time jobs and invest at least $500,000 to be eligible for financial assistance.
On Tuesday, DEED said that the Job Creation Fund also plans to provide Eagan-based farm, ranch, and pet supplier Miller Manufacturing $185,000 if it successfully adds 20 jobs as part of a $3 million expansion of its distribution center in Glencoe. Miller said it expects to create the jobs, which will pay an average wage of $13 an hour, within two years in the southern Minnesota town.
Meanwhile, India-based clinical trial company Axis Clinicals is receiving nearly $800,000 from the fund for a new $12 million research and analysis facility in Dilworth, which is expected to create up to 100 jobs.
In addition to those recent projects, DEED has announced funding for eight others in Minnesota under the fund.
Prior to Axis, the agency had doled out nearly $4.2 million for projects by North Star Mutual Insurance in Cottonwood, DC Group in Minneapolis, HexFuel in Hastings, Bluegrass Proteins in Dawson, Harmony Enterprises in Harmony, Heraeus Medical Components in White Bear Township, and Valmont Industries in Farmington.