Category Archives: Economic development

Co-ops lead in growing indoor ag trend

Minnesota grocers have long relied on trucking in salad greens and tomatoes from farms thousands of miles away for at least a portion of the year. This amount of travel compromises produce quality and freshness, raises prices and creates more carbon emissions. But with advanced indoor farming technology, produce can be grown closer to home […]

Construction underway on Faribault air separation plant

Construction is underway in Faribault, Minnesota, on an independently owned and operated air separation plant that will be powered by reliable electric service from Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric (SWCE), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives. Absolute Air—a consortium of five independent gas and welding supply distributors along with the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative—will bring […]

Service center opens in St. James Industrial Park

Great River Energy leaders, the mayor and city representatives of St. James, Minn., and Wilcon Construction recently cut the ribbon on a new 20,000-square-foot steel building in the St. James Industrial Park. “This service center is strategically located to serve our southern members,” said Priti Patel, vice president and chief transmission officer at Great River […]

EDAM names Lambrecht ‘Economic Developer of the Year’

Tom Lambrecht, economic development manager at Great River Energy, was recently honored for his leadership in the industry by the Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM). Lambrecht received the Economic Developer of the Year award last month at EDAM’s annual winter conference where the organization recognizes projects and professionals in the economic development industry who […]

Co-ops help HVAC manufacturer expand production

On its journey to become the No. 1 applied HVAC manufacturer in North America, Daikin Applied recently announced its intent to expand production capabilities with a new state-of-the-art, built-to-order manufacturing facility in southern Minnesota, north of Faribault. Daikin selected Minnesota to host the $40 million project over competing sites in the southern United States and […]

Million-dollar partnership will help spur small business growth

A partnership formed between Great River Energy and The Entrepreneur Fund will benefit small businesses and entrepreneurs in the two organizations’ shared service areas with a $1 million program loan provided by Great River Energy. An event held Thursday, Aug. 16, at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth, Minn., celebrated this venture with a check presentation. […]

New round of data center sites certified

Data centers have become integral to everyday life. They provide the security and bandwidth needed to store and process information, making tasks such as email, streaming video and transferring money possible. The demand for data centers will continue, as companies such as telecommunication providers, banking and healthcare institutions depend on fast, secure and reliable data […]

Spurring business growth in Anoka County

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” – James Cash Penney This apt quote by the founder of the department store chain J.C. Penney can be applied to economic development. Sustainable growth requires investment and engagement from a broad range of stakeholders. But gathering disparate parties to work […]