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Officials will break ground for a new Fargo-based window company Thursday

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A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday for Minnkota Windows Inc.’s new facility at 2324 Main Ave.

Minnkota General Manager Brad Bushaw said the company is moving west because West Fargo had the space available in its Butler Industrial Park to build the new 78,000-square-foot facility, which is twice the size of its current location in Fargo.

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Minnkota Windows has been producing vinyl windows since 1980 and sends its product to 13 states and Canada. The new facility is expected to open in early 2015.

Bushaw said the growing company was looking for a production facility site that could keep up with the increased demand in sales and production under one roof.

He expects the larger location to allow for additional hires.

“The building will allow us to continue our growth, and as we grow, we’ll obviously have to add staff,” he said. “In two to three years, we expect to add 10 to 15 employees. Our sales will determine that. We’re not going to sell more windows because we have a bigger building, it’s because we are a good company with a good product.”

West Fargo City Administrator Jim Brownlee said the Minnkota Windows facility sits on a large tract of land of more than 20 acres. The parcel sale rounds out the Butler Industrial Park, where developers have quickly been buying up land.

The city will complete work on Third Avenue this summer, extending it from the Trail King Industries site to Meadowbrook Park to accommodate growth in that area.

“We’re putting in a road, and it was called for to service that area,” Brownlee said.

Work has already begun on will be a facility twice the size of its current Fargo site.

It is not the only construction starting on a second large industrial site at 2500 3rd Ave. NW. that will be a $10 million FedEx distribution center, officials said.

“We’re filling up fast,” Brownlee said. “We have no other land that right now would be properly zoned to put an industrial park.”

Matt Marshall, West Fargo director of economic development, said while industrial business is filling in, the city receives a good mix of interest from all industries.

Marshall said the FedEx building will be used as a distribution center. It will be built by a local contractor and leased to FedEx. He expects the facility to be finished by next year.

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