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Viracon selects Minnesota site for $30 million investment


February 28, 2013
By Viracon

Feb. 28, 2013 – Viracon has announced that it will make an investment of more than $30 million at its Owatonna, Minn., facility. The investment is for a new coater that will allow Viracon to strengthen its architectural glass offering and ensure its long-term competitiveness. 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. 


Feb. 28, 2013 – Viracon has announced that it will make an investment of more than $30
million at its Owatonna, Minn., facility. The investment is for a new coater that
will allow Viracon to strengthen its architectural glass offering and ensure its long-term
competitiveness. 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.

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“Viracon is
focused on commercial buildings with our own coating capabilities,”
said Kelly Schuller, Viracon president. He explained, “Our coatings are a key
underpinning of our competitive differentiation, and the new coater will have
many new capabilities and features that will ensure Viracon remains at the
forefront of architectural coating technology.

“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 possible,” said Schuller.

“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.

Related link
www.viracon.com



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