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Multi-million dollar Lund Boat expansion project under way

Published 11:53am Tuesday, November 19, 2013

One of the biggest businesses in New York Mills will soon be getting even bigger.

Boat manufacturer Lund Boat Co. began an expansion project in October that will include a new factory and a loading dock, along with a few other smaller pieces. The nearly $5 million project is being paid entirely by Lund’s parent company Brunswick Corp., according to Lund President Dirk Hyde.

“This is all about growth for us,” Hyde said.

Construction on the new 59,000-square-foot factory will continue through the winter and is scheduled to conclude next spring, Hyde said.

The loading dock portion may not get underway until the spring, but will not take nearly as long to complete.

Lund first approached Brunswick about expanding last year. Hyde said plans quickly came together and price was never much of an issue in the discussions.

Lund officials had planned out clearly what they felt was most necessary to include in the project and avoided extra expenditures.

Much of the company’s manufacturing work is done at the New York Mills site, and Hyde said the company was beginning to feel pressed for space.

The new factory will not lead to any sort of new work being done; rather, it will allow for employees to more easily do the work they are doing now.

“We’re pretty congested out there, so this should give us more space to move more efficiently,” Hyde said.

The expansion could lead to between 20 and 30 new Lund employees, according to Hyde.

Finding second-shift workers has proven to be difficult for the company recently, so Hyde said that has become a top priority, with people being hired now to work the second shift.

The current, smaller manufacturing factory will be converted into a warehouse when the new factory is finished.

There is a small warehouse on site, but there is not nearly enough room to store the company’s equipment.

As such, Hyde said things are often left outside, which should not be a problem with increased space.

Loading work is also done outside now. The new loading dock will enable workers to load inside, which Hyde said should prove extremely valuable in the winter.

After this project is completed, Hyde said the company will be close to finished in terms of its ability to expand at the New York Mills site.

Lund already had to purchase and remove a residential home to make room for the new factory.

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