Dirt is Flying on Three Development Projects in Elk River

It's been a whirlwind of projects since

Decklan Group

opened their doors nearly three years ago, and there's no sign of it slowing down anytime soon.

From site selection to rezoning, tax abatement to gap financing, we are proud to announce the completion of three significant development projects in Nature's Edge Business Center, located on the eastern edge of Elk River, Minnesota.

MORRELL COMPANIES

Morrell Companies

is a family owned business which has been located in Elk River since 1962. Larry and Arlyce Morrell started the business as a common carrier trucking company and after recognizing the growth potential of the business, added an aggregate division in 1974. Throughout the years, numerous divisions were formed to haul concrete products, recycling material and heavy equipment. Morrell Companies is now a full service carrier which offers a vast variety of standard and specialized transportation services.

In 1996, Morrell Companies built a 36,000 square foot facility to provide them a greater ability to serve their customers. To accommodate their growth, they recently purchased a 4.08 acre lot to build a 13,824 square foot facility to provide a wash facility, light duty maintenance and office space for their growing company.

This project will not only retain 105 current employees, but will create at least 13 new well-paying jobs over the next two years. The project will contribute over $35,000 annually in property taxes and is anticipated to be complete by the middle of 2016.

Decklan Group

worked with the company to rezone the property, obtain a Conditional Use Permit, secure a $200,000 low-interest loan, and obtain a total of over $210,000 in tax incentives.

Classic Construction

, out of East Bethel, is building the project and

The Bank of Elk River

provided the construction financing.

SPORTECH

Sportech, Inc

. is a family owned, innovation-driven plastics thermoformer specializing in the design, development and production of quality products and accessories for the recreational and utility product industry which began in 1994. Originally a home-based business in the Carlson garage, the company moved to a 10,000 square foot facility in 1998 and built a brand new 92,000 square foot facility in Elk River in 2008.

In 2012, an additional 55,000 square foot facility was added in Elk River for warehouse and assembly productions. To accommodate their explosive growth, Sportech recently acquired approximately 14 acres to build a 105,000 square foot facility in Nature's Edge Business Center, which will eliminate their current 55,000 square foot facility. This facility will offer a highly efficient assembly operation, more advanced thermoforming and a location where the in-depth manufacturing processes are executed from start to finish.

This project will not only retain 204 current employees, but will create at least 43 new well-paying jobs over the next two years. The project will contribute over $216,000 annually in property taxes and is anticipated to be complete by early next year.

Decklan Group

worked with the company to rezone the property, obtain

Job Creation Fund

(JCF) designation from the

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

(MNEED) which will provide a $175,000 rebate within two years and obtain over $1,000,000 in tax incentives.

RJ Ryan Construction

, out of Mendota Heights, is building the project and

Bremer Bank

provided the construction financing.

GATR TRUCK CENTER

GATR Truck Center is a full service heavy and medium truck dealership which began in 1962. Purchased in 2000 by owner Bob Netizke, GATR currently has three locations: Sauk Rapids, MN, Cedar Rapids, IA and Des Moines, IA. Click

here

to read the full story about their groundbreaking which took place in June of this year.

To accommodate their growth, GATR purchased two lots in Nature's Edge Business Center, totalling nearly 150 acres, to build a 42,912 square foot facility.

This project is expected to create over 60 well-paying jobs within two years from project completion.

Decklan Group worked with the company to find a site, amend the C-3 zoning ordinance, rezone the property, obtain a sign variance and obtain over $1,000,000 in tax incentives. 

Winkelman Building Corp

., out of St. Cloud, is building the project and

Bremer Bank

provided the construction financing.

Looking ahead, we are working on projects in Ramsey, Otsego, St. Paul and Livonia Township which plan to break ground next year.