Owatonna glass plant to get $30 million expansion, but no new jobs


Apogee, a manufacturer of architectural glass, announced on Monday that the company has chosen its Owatonna facility for a $30 million plant expansion. Here's the press release.

The Bloomington-based company had said it planned to expand either its Owatonna Viracon facility or its plant in Statesboro, Ga. Owatonnna had offered Apogee $4.9 million in tax incentives, but it wasn't clear what the Georgia city had offered.

“We are not going to talk about the details of the incentives, but we are thankful,” company spokeswoman Mary Ann Jackson told the Star Tribune. “The incentives we were able to obtain in Minnesota helped us make the decision to invest here.”

The expansion is expected to begin in April, and the plans involved a new high-tech coater, the Star Tribune reports. The company has produced exterior glass for the Xcel Energy Center, TCF Bank Stadium and the new World Trade Center in New York, the newspaper reports.

Despite the sizable investment, Apogee does not plan to add any jobs in Owatonna, the Business Journal notes. The company employs about 2,000 people nationwide, including more than 1,000 in Owatonna.

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