New neighbor in St. James Industrial Park

Great River Energy will be moving into a building like this one at the St. James Industrial Park by the end of the year.

Great River Energy will be moving into a building like this one at the St. James Industrial Park by the end of the year.

Great River Energy has agreed to purchase a new 20,000-square-foot steel building under construction in the St. James Industrial Park.

The St. James Economic Development Authority approached Great River Energy about buying the building and site from the city as a way to attract and grow local business.

“This site is ideal for Great River Energy,” said Jud Goerss, manager, field services. “It’s strategically placed for serving our member-owned distribution substations and Great River Energy’s transmission system in the southwest part of the state. We’re excited to partner with the city of St. James and expand our presence in the St. James community.”

Great River Energy saw this as an opportunity to expand its footprint in the city. Vehicles, employees, inventory and equipment – which are currently located at a smaller service center just outside the city limits at South Central Electric Association, a member-owner cooperative – will move to the new building by the end of the year.

Wilcon Construction out of St. James will be the construction manager and will modify the building to meet Great River Energy’s needs.

The building will house vehicles and equipment for line technicians, telecommunications and metering employees. Seven employees will report out of the new facility.