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Envirolastech Inc. Locates Operations Complex In St. Charles, Minnesota

Recycled materials manufacturer Envirolastech Inc. will invest $3 million and create 26 jobs at its first production facility in St. Charles, Minnesota.

The Rochester-based startup, which recycles plastics and glass into building materials, said it will invest $2 million for machinery and equipment and $1 million for building an 18,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the Chattanooga Innovation Park in St. Charles.

According to state officials, St. Charles, located about 30 miles east of Rochester in Winona County, was chosen for the facility because the site is along Interstate 90 and near Winona State University, which has a polymer engineering program. Complementary businesses in the community, including a tool and die firm, was another reason the company chose St. Charles.

As an incentive, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is supporting the project with a $183,766 grant from the Job Creation Fund. The funding will be awarded after the company meets its hiring and investment commitments.

“This is good news for St. Charles and Minnesota. Envirolastech’s expansion will create good jobs for Minnesotans and help grow our green manufacturing sector,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith. “I applaud Envirolastech for their continued commitment to southern Minnesota.”

“Envirolastech is bringing needed employment investment to a community that was devastated when North Star Foods closed after a fire in 2009,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “The company, with its innovative products, has much promise and is well-positioned for growth in the green-building sector.”

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