Minnkota Windows Inc. has broken new ground recently. On Monday, the company produced its first window in its new 78,000-square-foot manufacturing facility after being shut down last week to move equipment and offices from Fargo, N.D., to West Fargo.

“Needless to say, we are very excited about this move,” says general manager Brad Bushaw. “This facility will allow us to continue to grow in a safe and efficient manner.”

Minnkota had been in their old factory in Fargo since the 1980s.

Continued growth required the company to increase the size of their production facility to accommodate demand and to keep the fabrication facilities under one roof.

“We kept all the staff that we had, and it’s a situation where we’re able to add more staff as needed,” says Bushaw. “The last two years, we couldn’t have added one person—we didn’t have the space for them. Now, we certainly can double the staff if required.”

Along with the ability to add employees, the company has increased its production capabilities. Whereas before it could only produce 750-800 windows weekly, the new target is 1,000, says Bushaw.

The construction project is nearly complete after nine months and has nearly three times the production space in a climate-controlled shop, additional office space, and larger shipping and receiving areas.

A grand opening is tentatively scheduled later this spring.

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