Grede Foundry in St. Cloud expands with help from Minnesota Business First Stop.
Grede Foundry in St. Cloud was planning to add a new, higher-speed molding machine to its facility, but the company didn’t have the air permit needed for the new machine. This kind of expansion would normally take 9 to 12 months to get through the permitting process.
But thanks to thoughtful planning on Grede’s part and connecting with Minnesota Business First Stop, the MPCA and other state agencies helped Grede complete the process in less than 4 months. MPCA permitting experts credit meetings early in the process and a highly motivated applicant with the quick turnaround for the permit, but they also pointed to the coordination that Minnesota Business First Stop helps bring together. “This was a big improvement for the MPCA,” said Grede Plant Engineer Mike Flannery, “we really appreciate the effort.”
“It was great to hear from Grede about how well that worked and how quickly we were able to get that permitting work done,” said Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith during a tour earlier this year. Minnesota Business First Stop is an idea put forward by Governor Dayton. FIrst Stop helps businesses work through the permit maze.
Grede Foundry in St. Cloud employs about 330 people making moldings, primarily for the auto industry. The recently completed expansion added about 30 new jobs and 32,000 square feet of space, including the new molding machine. Grede has operated in St. Cloud for more than 20 years.
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