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Capital Safety set for major expansion

Capital Safety is set to add 60,000 square feet to the southwest side of its Red Wing facility by this winter.

According to Kevin Coplan, president of the company’s North America division, the firm has simply outgrown the space.

Coplan highlighted how the company’s continued growth, development into various business segments and overall high product demand have created a need for both the extra square footage and more employees.

Capital Safety looks to add 20 to 40 jobs within the first year of the expansion with a total of 100 expected over the next five years as the company continues to grow.

Construction is planned to begin mid-July and projected to be complete in December.

“It is an aggressive timeline,” Coplan said. “But we have to be in the addition before winter break.”

According to Brian Knapp, director of operations-US, half of the new building will be for manufacturing.

“We are heavily involved in product development,” Knapp said.

Shipping and delivery also will benefit from the expansion with higher bay ceilings

Two dock doors, 71 additional parking spaces and an expanded lunch room are all part of the project.

This will be the first expansion of the Sala Way site.

RJ Ryan Construction of Mendota Heights, Minnesota, is the company’s main contractor.

Knapp also said that through RJ Ryan, Capital Safety looks forward to working with local contractors to complete the expansion.

According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Capital Safety currently houses 500 employees at the Red Wing facility.

Through its Minnesota Job Creation Fund, DEED is partnering with Capital Safety to fund $750,000 of the project.

DEED requires certain job creation goals and other performance measures in order to receive funding, such as the addition of at least 10 full-time jobs and a $500,000 minimum investment.

“Capital Safety provides a valuable service, making harnesses and other equipment that protect construction workers and other people who work at heights for a living,” DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said. “This is an investment in a company that is growing and has committed to creating good-paying jobs in Red Wing.”

Goodhue County and Red Wing recently approved abatements to support the project.

Capital Safety moved from its previous location on Pepin Avenue to Sala Way in 2005. Its training facility is housed at the Pepin site.

“We’re grateful for the support from DEED as well as Goodhue County, the city of Red Wing and the Red Wing Port Authority, which helped ensure that this expansion takes place in Red Wing,” Coplan said.

With 26 operating sites worldwide, Capital Safety is home of the DBI-SALA and PROTECTA brands. According to Coplan, the main industries of the company’s safety products are construction and oil/gas.

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