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Hiring spree: 2 companies plan to add new Minnesota jobs

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Two Minnesota companies are expanding and adding new full-time jobs.

The Mankato Free Press reports that Verizon Wireless is adding more than 160 positions in Mankato by July 31. That will increase the number of workers at the Mankato call center by nearly one-third. The company indicates that it will hire 40 workers in each of the next four months.

The job addition will bring the number of Verizon's Mankato-based employees to 686. More than one-third of all the Verizon employees in Minnesota work in Mankato.

Meanwhile, the Pioneer Press reports that a restructuring of operations at Eden Prairie-based Supervalu will lead to the eventual addition of 75 jobs in the Twin Cities. The Twin Cities will initially lose some jobs as the company restructures, but should ultimately gain more, the company said.

"We will impact about 25 jobs (of the 200) in our Hopkins office, but will fill approximately 75 new jobs in that office going forward, resulting in a net gain of positions in Minnesota," said Supervalu spokesman Jeff Swanson.

But the Business Journal notes that that a consolidation of the company's wholesaling unit will ultimately result in the net loss of 80 jobs elsewhere in the company. Minnesota will gain jobs from the restructuring when new positions come online at the Hopkins distribution center. The Hopkins location will serve as headquarters for one of the two new regions for Supervalu's Independent Business segment, which distributes food to independent grocers. Previously, the segment had been organized into three regions. Its facility near Milwaukee will be sharply cut back.

Supervalu has three divisions: its supermarket chains including Cub Foods in the Twin Cities; a food distribution business that serves both its own stores and outside independent grocers; and its Save-A-Lot division.

Last year, Supervalu cut 1,100 jobs when it sold half of its grocery store chains in a bid to restructure and remain solvent.

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