Apogee chooses Owatonna over Georgia for $30 million investment

  • Article by: Dee DePass , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 25, 2013 - 9:39 PM

Tax incentives and a skilled local workforce tipped the scales in favor of upgrading the Viracon glass plant at a cost of $30 million.

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timandtiaFeb. 25, 1310:45 AM

As a Owatonna person, this is quite nice surprise. Glad that we got this investment and hope that it will keep Owatonna on the map as well as Viracon.

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benaki99Feb. 25, 13 9:03 PM

there's no town like o-town

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supervon2Feb. 25, 13 9:03 PM

I noticed they had to bribe them to stay. Lower taxes. Hmmm. Maybe we could try that trick with more businesses. Throw in people. Then, we would be able to hire more. Less unemployment. More people paying rather than living off the trough. Oh, wait. Working people vote conservative. Can't have that.

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theruntFeb. 25, 13 9:20 PM

I'm glad to see Minnesota win out over one of those "Right to Work" states like Georgia.

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savagedruidsFeb. 26, 13 7:39 AM

"Tax incentives", huh I thought the DFL told us that businesses didn't factor in taxes when deciding where to expand? Apparently Apogee did. Maybe other companies care about tax rates too? nah.

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LicoriceFeb. 26, 13 7:48 AM

I'm glad they are expanding here, but detest that they held their employees in two states hostage for ransom for incentive dollars. This is an awful practice and does not enhance their public image or employee relations.

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BVMannFeb. 26, 13 8:42 AM

I agree with the commenters about competition within the U.S. between states for jobs. I think it does a general dis-service to the U.S. The U.S. Constitution provides for congressional regulation of interstate commerce, so what gives with this interstate race to the bottom for the benefit of the executives?

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moron100Feb. 26, 13 8:45 AM

MN is a right to work state. your employed at will in this state. you can leave whenever you want to from your employer and they can do the same to you.

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gbrauerFeb. 26, 1311:37 AM

savagedruids. Sure, all things equal, lower taxes matter. They were in a bidding war. Owatonna thinks Apogee was offered more in GA, but still chose MN because of other factors, i.e. skilled/educated work force. I'm guessing most of these workers were educated in public schools using tax dollars.

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savagedruidsFeb. 26, 13 3:38 PM

gbrauer: so why did MN need to pony up? All things were not equal.

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