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Industry is important in Winsted

Winsted has a variety of innovative industries that employ many people in the area. Some of the companies have been around for decades, while others are just beginning.

“Our industrial park is full; it’s been a great success,” Winsted City Council Member Tom Ollig said in December 2012.

The council has been discussing potential options for another industrial park, in order to create more space for businesses to move into Winsted.

A list of Winsted’s current industries is as follows:

AZZ GALVANIZING SERVICES, located at 800 6th Street South, joined the Winsted community in April 2008. The 75,000-square-foot facility employs 71 people, providing corrosion protection services for steel fabricators and farmers throughout the upper Midwest, including Millerbernd Manufacturing, M&N Structures, AWI, Millerbernd Systems, and SJF locally.

AZZ Galvanizing Services, part of AZZ Incorporated, headquartered in Fort Worth, TX, is the largest galvanizer in America, with 32 locations nationwide and three facilities in Canada. The state-of-the-art facility in Winsted features a 53-foot-long by 7-foot-wide by 10-foot-deep kettle that is among the largest in the Midwest. AZZ Galvanizing has the ability to galvanize large transmission poles or other steel products used in agriculture, industrial, wind and solar, as well as bridge and highway projects.

For more information, call (320) 485-5001, fax (320) 485-5002, e-mail jonbenson@azzgalv.com, or visit the company’s website at www.azzgalvanizing.com.

apex advantage, located at 590 Industrial Boulevard, specializes in fulfillment and distribution. For more information, call (320) 485-4300, visit www.apexadvantageinc.com, or e-mail info@apexadvan.com.

AWI MANUFACTURING specializes in stainless steel fabrication for the food and dairy industry, and has expanded its services to include laser cutting. Established in 1970, AWI has provided quality products for companies throughout the US. The company employs approximately 45 people. For more information, call (320) 485-2471, e-mail customerservice@awimfg.com, or visit www.awimfg.com.

DiMax corp., located at 1107 Industrial Lane, is a manufacturer of non-metallic die-cut parts such as gaskets, seals, pads, cushions, and structural supports. For more information, call (320) 485-3232, e-mail jim@dimaxcorp.com., or visit www.dimaxcorp.com.

DRILL PIPE, INC., located at 550 S. Third St., manufactures drilling tools (mainly drill piping) for watermills, construction, geotechnical, geothermal, and mining. Products are sold worldwide. The company moved to Winsted in February 2012. For more information, call (763) 592-8670.

H H FABRICATION, located at 19159 County Road 20, specializes in manufacturing a wide variety of skid-steer attachments. The company began in 1998, and is owned by Harlan Hecksel. To learn more, go to www.hhfab.com, e-mail hhfab@tds.net, or call (320) 485-2341.

IMPACT PROVEN SOLUTIONS, located at 585 Industrial Blvd., specializes in direct marketing, data analytics, direct mail production, fulfillment services, and print solutions. Impact provides expertise in multichannel marketing campaigns by utilizing a combination of traditional and emerging marketing technologies that enable clients to acquire new business and enhance their relationships with existing customers. Impact’s second production facility and corporate headquarters is in Minneapolis, with combined operations of 200,000 square feet and more than 200 employees. For information, call (612) 521-6245, e-mail sales@impact-ps.com, or visit www.impact-ps.com.

K-WAY EXPRESS/K-WAY LOGISTICS, formerly Winsted Farm Equipment, began in 1949 as a J I Case Farm Equipment dealership. The trucking business was added in 1955 to haul farm equipment. In the early 1970s, they expanded to make local and long haul trucking the main business for this company. This family-owned business employs 45 to 50 full-time employees. Currently, K-Way Express has 42 company-owned trucks and 100-plus trailers, including vans, reefers, flats, step decks, and other specialized trailers. K-Way Express does truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) freight in the local, regional, and 48-state area. K-Way Logistics was added in 2004, and provides brokerage services. In 2006, K-Way added warehousing to its line of services. There are two warehouses for cooled, heated, and dry warehousing for more than 75,000 square feet of warehouse space. In 2012, K-Way moved to a new, larger location at 1300 Sixth Street South, just south of Winsted on McLeod County Road 1. For more information, call (320) 485-2325, e-mail jim@kwaytruckingcom, or visit www.kwaytrucking.com.

LITTFIN LUMBER started in 1962, and is still locally owned. It manufactures wood roof and floor trusses, as well as finger-jointed treated columns for agricultural and commercial pole barn structures. In addition, Littfin Lumber designs and supplies engineered wood products by Weyerhaeuser for floor and roof systems throughout the upper Midwest. As it grew, Littfin kept its corporate headquarters in Winsted. However, manufacturing now takes place just to the north, near Howard Lake.

Employing 225 people, Littfin Lumber is one of the larger employers in Winsted. Typically, Littfin’s product is delivered using its own fleet of trucks, which total about 1 million miles each year.

Initially starting as a lumber yard, Littfin Lumber decided to specialize in one area and do it well. Coming from that background and understanding the ever-changing needs of its customers, Littfin Lumber was, and is, instrumental in developing equipment, programs, and processes that have become standards for the industry. The result of that effort is a less costly, better made product, delivered on time to its customers.

Being one of the largest truss manufacturers in the country operating out of a single plant, people nationally and internationally recognize that effort and regularly ask for some opinions that may help in their particular situations. For more information, call (320) 485-3861, e-mail jack.littfin@littfintruss.com, or visit www.littfintruss.com.

MILLERBERND SYSTEMS is a third-generation family-owned-and-operated business. For more than 80 years, Millerbernd Systems has been providing quality jobs for the Winsted community. The company currently employs more than 70 people under four operation divisions at its 120,000-square-foot facility.

Millerbernd Process Systems is nationally known for its turnkey design, project management, and installation solutions for the cheese and dairy industry. In recent years it has also made a significant footprint in the food, beverage, bulk material handling, and pharmaceutical industries with a commitment to designing specific performance-based and environmentally friendly systems that improve productivity and reduce manufacturing costs. (www.millerbernd.com)

Millerbernd Automation focuses on the delivery of innovative automated process and complex system integration solutions for manufacturing plants throughout the US. Led by a team of experienced process, electrical, and computer engineers, they provide from concept design to commissioning for cost-effectively retrofitting an existing production line to the entire automation of a new facility. (www.millerberndautomation.com)

Millerbernd Laser’s unique combination of experience and leading-edge fabrication equipment gives it unmatched production versatility. This flexibility allows the company to deliver on-time quality machining, robotic welding, precision laser cutting, and custom manufacturing.Millerbernd Laser is an ISO 9001-2008 certified company ensuring consistent product and customer satisfaction. (www.millerberndlaser.com)

Millerbernd Lighting has been providing creative and custom fabricated lighting solutions since 1984. Its cutting-edge design and engineering skills allow the company to create intricate, yet cost-effective conventional and LED fixtures. Solutions have included stainless steel fixtures for clean rooms, cold storage, marine applications, outdoor signage, street lighting, underpasses, and even turtle-friendly bollards. (www.millerberndlighting.com)

For more information about Millerbernd Systems, visit one of its websites, call (320) 485-2685, or e-mail info@millerbernd.com.

Millerbernd Manufacturing: One of Winsted’s distinguishing features is Millerbernd Manufacturing’s 208-foot-high mast lighted pole on which flies a 30-foot-by-50-foot American flag during national holidays and special occasions.

Millerbernd builds tapered steel poles for lighting applications, and custom steel rings and cylinders used for large-scale electric motor and generator housings. Some of the many lighting pole products manufactured are street lighting poles, sports floodlighting poles, traffic signal poles, high mast lighting poles, and decorative lighting poles. Millerbernd products are sold throughout the US and Puerto Rico.

For more information, call (320) 485-2111, or visit www.millerberndmfg.com.

M&N STRUCTURES has more than 23 years of experience in structural steel design services and structural steel manufacturing for the commercial industry. In fall 2010, M&N Structures relocated to a new 28,000-square-foot facility at 301 Industrial Boulevard in Winsted. As part of its latest expansion, the company added another automated CNC line. M&N Structures’ comprehensive process, hands-on experience, and technical knowledge can support any structural steel engineering and steel fabrication project. For more information, call (320) 485-5800, e-mail betsy@mnstructures.com, or go to www.mnstructures.com.

RAM Buildings, Inc. has been located at 592 Industrial Drive, in Winsted’s industrial park, for the past 15 years. RAM Buildings, Inc. is a multiple award-winning builder, specializing in both post and steel frame buildings: storage, agricultural, equestrian, commercial, airplane hangers, post-frame residential homes, and cabins. Call (320) 485-2844 or (800) 710-4726; e-mail sales@rambuildings.com; fax (320) 485-3625, or visit www.rambuildings.com.

RAM General Contracting, Inc., also located at 592 Industrial Drive, offers a one-stop source for complete building projects from start to finish, including design/build and construction management services. RAM General Contracting, Inc. specializes in both fine equestrian and commercial buildings. Call (320) 485-2844 or (800) 710-4726; e-mail jody@rambuildings.com; fax (320) 485-3625, or visit www.ramgc.com.

RAM Landscape Services, Inc., located at 492 Industrial Drive in Winsted, specializes in landscape design and installation for residential, commercial, and industrial customers including outdoor design-build services, installation of rhino courts, retaining walls and patios, decorative stone and tile, erosion control, hydro-seeding, and irrigation systems. RAM Landscape Services also maintains a fleet of vehicles and equipment that provide snow-plowing services to commercial and residential customers during the winter months. Call (320) 485-2570 or (612) 382-3400; e-mail ron@rambuildings.com; fax (320) 485-3625, or visit www.ramlandscapeservices.com.

RAM Excavating Services, Inc., also located at 492 Industrial Drive, provides residential, commercial, and industrial site work. The company specializes in complete site work packages, new road construction, septic systems, storm water and sanitary sewer installation, parking lots and driveway installation and repair, site development testing, foundation excavation and backfill services, indoor and outdoor arena footings and laser leveling, riding trails, all-weather paddocks and fencing, and trucking and material delivery services. Call (320) 485-2570 or (320) 224-8713; e-mail neilk@rambuildings.com; fax (320) 485-3625, or visit www.ramexcavating.com.

SJF MATERIAL HANDLING INC. Servicing clients nationwide since 1979, SJF Material Handling Inc. is the nation’s largest stocking distributor of new, used, and refurbished material handling equipment. SJF is a nationwide provider of everything material handling including new and used pallet racks, cantilever racks, gravity and roller conveyors, drive-in and drive-thru racks, span track, mezzanines, pick modules, carton flow rack, power and gravity conveyor, sortation systems, horizontal carousels, vertical carousels, refurbished used forklifts, and more. In addition to its retail and wholesale division, SJF’s online store provides Internet shoppers safe and secure online ordering on a wide array of material handling items, and features live chat support and quantity discounts on most items. For more information, go to www.sjf.com, call (320) 485-2824, e-mail support@sjf.com, or just stop by. SJF is located at 211 Baker Avenue in Winsted.

SOLID SURFACE INCOUNTERS is located at 420 3rd St. S. It is co-owned by Richard Scott of Plato and Lisa Hennessey of Winsted. The company manufactures a wide variety of products including countertops, islands, vanities, tub surrounds, table tops, wet bars, flooring, mantels, and hearths. It works with a variety of solid surfaces, but mainly with Corian, which is a product manufactured by DuPont. Solid Surface employs a few part-time workers for installation, but Hennessey and Scott do all of the manufacturing work themselves. For more information, call (320) 485-2464 or e-mail scotty.ssi@tds.net.

TETRA PAK Processing Equipment, Inc. specializes in cheese making equipment and provides proven solutions for evaporated and dried powder technologies. Tetra Pak Processing Equipment, Inc. is part of Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with customers and suppliers, Tetra Pak provides safe, innovative, and environmentally-sound products to meet the needs of millions of people in more than 170 countries. With almost 22,000 employees based in more than 85 countries, Tetra Pak believes in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business. The company motto, “Protect What’s Good,” reflects a vision to make food safe and available, everywhere. Call (320) 485-4401 or visit www.tetrapak.com/cheese.

WASTE MANAGEMENT, located at 10030 Industrial Drive, is a leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services. Based in Houston, TX, the company maintains 413 collection operations, and serves nearly 21 million residential, industrial, municipal, and commercial customers. For more information, call (320) 485-2372, or visit www.wm.com.