Report: 34 Biz Expansions Create 1,100 MN Jobs

Report: 34 Biz Expansions Create 1,100 MN Jobs

The fourth-quarter expansions brought the annual total to 146 in Minnesota, which are expected to create nearly 8,000 jobs in the state.

Thirty-four business expansions that were announced in Minnesota during the fourth quarter are expected to add about 1,100 new jobs in the state.

That’s according to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Combined with expansion plans announced throughout the rest of 2013, there were a total of 146 announced expansions in the state that are expected to create 7,700 Minnesota jobs, the agency said.

DEED’s quarterly report is based on a statewide survey, and the agency uses media reports, Internet research, and referrals from economic developers to tabulate job growth. Although the expansion projects were announced in the fourth quarter, many of the jobs will not be created until the projects are completed.

Key projects include Shakopee-based Imagine! Print Solutions, which plans to hire 200 new workers at its headquarters following a 300,000-square-foot expansion.

Illinois-based APAC Customer Services is in the process of adding 230 new jobs at its call center in Mendota Heights.

Charter Communications is expanding its Rochester presence by leasing two 40,000-square-foot buildings at the IBM campus. According to DEED, the expansion will result in 140 new jobs. The buildings will house Charter’s warehouse functions and its business-to-business division.

Maryland-based Olympus Surgical Technologies America, a subsidiary of Olympus Corporation, confirmed plans in November to build a new 180,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Brooklyn Park. The facility, which began construction in December, is expected to create 100 new jobs and cost about $37 million.

Advanced Molding Technologies, a custom injection molding manufacturer, is expanding its manufacturing facility in Circle Pines. The company is building a 36,000-square-foot addition to accommodate its recent and planned future growth. The company said it plans to hire up to 75 new employees following the expansion.

Composites manufacturer Cytec Engineered Materials is expanding its Winona manufacturing facility—a $12 million expansion that is expected to create 60 new jobs in 2015, according to the DEED report.

Canadian manufacturer Price Industries announced in December that it chose Maple Grove for the headquarters of a newly-created corporation called Price Mechanical, Inc., which will manufacture custom air-conditioning products. The company said its new 12,000-square-foot design center cost $2 million and would serve as Prime Mechanical’s U.S. headquarters, bringing with it 40 new high-level engineering jobs.
Other companies planning to add Minnesota jobs, along with the locations of their expansions, include:

  • AA Corporation, Duluth (40 jobs)
  • Lund Boat Company, New York Mills (30)
  • Brau Brothers Brewing Company, Marshall (28)
  • Compass Data Centers, Shakopee (18)
  • Voyager Industries, Brandon (15)
  • Marco, Inc., St. Louis Park (12)

For the complete DEED report—which includes more job expansions, as well as facility expansions that may not result in new jobs—click here.

DEED’s report is likely not comprehensive, and it does not take into account job losses among Minnesota employers.

“Companies are choosing Minnesota for their expansion projects because of the state’s outstanding workforce and healthy business climate,” DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said in a statement. “With leading indicators pointing to continued growth in the state, we anticipate the expansion trend to continue in 2014.”