Electronics manufacturer breaks ground for Iron Range expansion

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Fifty new jobs will be created with the expansion of a Hibbing electronics manufacturing facility that broke ground on Wednesday.

The Hibbing Daily Tribune reports that company leaders, local dignitaries and employees took part in a ceremony marking the expansion of Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing, also known as DMR Electronics, at a facility at the Range Regional Airport.

The subsidiary of Daimler makes electronic components for cars, trucks, and public transit projects and currently employs about 100. Last October, the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board loaned $2.5 million to the airport authority to double the building's size. DMR's operations in Hibbing will consolidate its three locations with the additional 30,000 square feet to be added to the building.

MPR reports that a top manager at the plant said the new facility solidifies DMR's future on the Iron Range.

“The highly technical skills of our employees and our continuing cooperation with local agencies made the decision to expand on the Iron Range an easy one,” David Rhode, plant operations manager in Hibbing told the newspaper. “The work ethic here is incredible."

He said plans are on track for another expansion at the site in 2017.

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