Viracon Selects Owatonna, MN for $30+ Million Investment
Viracon, Inc., an architectural glass fabricator, has announced it will make an investment of more than $30 million at its Owatonna, MN facility. Viracon decided to install the new coating technology in Minnesota because the Owatonna facility contains Viraconâ€™s most extensive product capabilities and deepest bench of technical talent, and it is centrally located for serving the companyâ€™s primary North American market. Support from the city, county and state was also a pivotal factor in the location decision.
â€śOn behalf of our employees, I would like to thank the City of Owatonna, Steele County and the State of Minnesota for their help in making this investment in our largest location possibles,â€ť said Kelly Schuller, Viracon president.
â€śPreserving the competitiveness of a key manufacturer, such as Viracon, whose high performance architectural glass products are sold all over the globe, is a priority for the State of Minnesota,â€ť said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. â€śWe congratulate Viracon on their most recent expansion and thank them for making this key investment in Minnesota.â€ť
â€śOur state, city and county board leaders worked hard to be creative to ensure that the project was won in Owatonna,â€ť said Owatonna Mayor Tom Kuntz. â€śViracon is a great employer and very valuable to the community.â€ť
Schuller said the project is expected to get under way in April 2013, with the site work required to make way for a building addition to house the new coater. It is anticipated that the new coater will begin delivering product for distinctive commercial buildings by late summer 2014.