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Viracon Selects Owatonna, MN for $30+ Million Investment

Viracon IncViracon, 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 Viracon’s most extensive product capabilities and deepest bench of technical talent, and it is centrally located for serving the company’s primary North American market. Support from the city, county and state was also a pivotal factor in the location decision.

“On 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,” said Kelly Schuller, Viracon president.

“Preserving 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,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “We congratulate Viracon on their most recent expansion and thank them for making this key investment in Minnesota.”

“Our state, city and county board leaders worked hard to be creative to ensure that the project was won in Owatonna,” said Owatonna Mayor Tom Kuntz. “Viracon is a great employer and very valuable to the community.”

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.

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