Altoz Inc., Greenbush, Minnesota, broke ground on its new 75,000-square-foot facility in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, on May 5, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
This is Altoz’s first phase of a multi-phase expansion project in Red Lake Falls that brings the combined building space to more than 412,500 square feet between the Red Lake Falls and Greenbush facilities.
The groundbreaking ceremony featured special guests including Minnesota Rep. John Burkel and Red Lake Falls Mayor Allen Bertilrud.
“In the past year we have grown the manufacturing workforce here by four times, and we are looking forward to adding many additional careers in all areas, including manufacturing, management and marketing,” says Dennis Brazier, who owns Altoz with his wife, Terri Brazier.
This expansion provides the opportunity to bring 150 careers to the community over time.
“We have positions that are available now and will have more available in the near future,” says Mike Hugg, Altoz director of operations.
The over-$12 million expansion project will increase capacity and improve operational efficiency. The new manufacturing facility will accommodate state-of-the-art metal fabrication equipment including an automated fiber laser cutting system, turret punch presses, press brakes, robotic welders, a powder coat automated paint system, assembly and a distribution center.
“This new equipment, capacity and space will allow us to grow our production team to keep up with the demand for Altoz products,” says Matt Schaumburg, Altoz productions manager.
In addition to the manufacturing facility, the site features a multi-story office building that will accommodate Altoz’s growing workforce.
“Altoz retail sales have increased every year since our inception; we continue to add new dealers across the United States and are expanding distribution internationally,” says Karl Bjorkman, Altoz director of sales and marketing. “In June we will be revealing a new multi-purpose, multi-seasonal line of equipment that will be a first for the outdoor power equipment industry.”
The additional workforce and production capabilities will help prepare for and continue to meet the marketplace demand for Altoz outdoor power equipment.