Construction continues on Delta ModTech expansion
1 Jul 2020
Advanced Manufacturing, economic development, Connexus
While it may seem like the pandemic has interrupted almost all aspects of daily life, it hasn’t affected Delta ModTech’s expansion project in Ramsey, Minnesota. Construction is moving right along on the 230,000-square-foot office/manufacturing facility and the company looks forward to moving into the new space shortly after its planned completion in August.
Delta ModTech—a leader in the design, implementation, and service of motion-controlled converting and packaging systems for over 40 years—has experienced significant growth over the last 10 years. The company serves a wide variety of industries, including the ever-expanding medical/pharmaceutical industry as well as electronics, automotive, personal care and packaging and labeling.
The company found itself pinched for space even after splitting its headquarters between two buildings in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Company leaders desired a new facility that would bring their tightknit staff of 120 under the same roof and best serve their customers. Minimizing the impact on their current staff was a primary concern for the business, but they also needed to find a location that would allow for future expansion and provide access to the new talent they anticipate needing –15 or more new hires within the next two-and-a-half years.
“We worked with a few external Brokers to look at existing buildings that were on the market. We were unable to find a location/facility that would meet our current and future needs, so we pursued the land opportunity in Ramsey,” said Evan Schiebout, CEO of Delta ModTech.
The City of Ramsey stepped up to offer $972,000 in pay-as-you-go TIF assistance to help land the nearly $20 million project and was instrumental in moving the project forward. The site chosen by the company helped kick off phase two of developing the Bunker Lake Industrial Park, a multiple-phase industrial park along Bunker Lake Boulevard west of Armstrong Boulevard.
“We worked extremely hard with our community partners to bring Delta ModTech to the City of Ramsey and keep this growing company in the region,” said Sean Sullivan, economic development manager at the City of Ramsey. “The project team at Delta ModTech was phenomenal to work with and Delta will be a great addition to the City of Ramsey business community.”
“The development team was very responsive and aggressive in getting us the meetings, information, and the action of the various committees and City Council,” said Toby Fuerst, CFO of Delta ModTech. “Sean and Tim helped us navigate the process and work through bumps in the road in order to get us to the point of closing of the land and breaking ground.”
As an engineering and manufacturing company, the ability to design and build an efficient workspace was an intriguing proposition. To share in this excitement and give employees ownership, the company created several teams for planning and development in the new space.
Connexus Energy, one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives, has provided Delta ModTech with reliable power since the company’s inception and will remain the company’s electric power provider at its new facility in Ramsey.
“We are happy to continue providing Delta ModTech with the affordable, reliable power it needs to fuel continued growth and development,” said Bruce Sayler, principal, community and economic development at Connexus Energy.