Digi-Key Expansion Breaks Ground 14 Sep 17

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton was one of several dignitaries on hand for a VIP event as Digi-Key held a ground breaking ceremony Friday for a $300 million expansion.

Once completed the 1 million square foot expansion will add a thousand new jobs over the next 10 years; with current employment at 3,200.

Parking log relocation is already underway, with construction expected to be complete by 2021. In his remarks, Governor Dayton congratulated Digi-Key executives for their continued involvement in the city of Thief River Falls and said what they have accomplished is “phenomenal,” calling the company one of the state’s most “prominent success stories.”

Representative Dan Fabian said the expansion is probably the most important economic effort in the last 40 years; vital to all of Northwest Minnesota. Representative Deb Kiel said it makes her proud to be a member of the district.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt said local legislators Kiel, Fabian and Mark Johnson worked hard to help get the project off the ground; calling the three the most respected law makers in St. Paul.

Department of Economic Development Director Kevin McKinnon was also a key factor as the ball got rolling in St. Paul.

The Economic Development Project – expected to add $148 million annually to state revenue – has been awarded millions in Tax Increment Financing along with an Interfund Loan and package of state incentives, to site the expansion in Thief River Falls. You can find an aerial view of the parking lot relocation progress, now underway – on our Thief River Falls Radio Facebook Page; https://www.facebook.com/pg/trfradio/videos/?ref=page_internal