Capital Safety USA plans to expand their plant at the north end of Red Wing. Growth will add 100 family wage process and professional jobs to their current Red Wing work force of 500 over the next five years, they say. At their June 3rd meeting, the Goodhue County Economic Development Authority approved the company's request for property tax abatement. They have also applied for grants or tax relief to the City of Red Wing and the State of Minnesota. A Public Hearing for the proposed project is on the County Board agenda for June 23rd.
From its start in a small, rented building 40 years ago, Capital Safety has grown to be 'a leading global provider in fall protection equipment,' making safety harnesses and other items to keep workers safe at height. The corporate headquarters moved to Bloomington, MN, in 2012. They operate multiple sites worldwide, but the Red Wing facility remains their only production site in the USA.
Final OK for Spring
Garden Wellness Center
The County Board gave a Conditional Use Permit to Dave Lorentz to open a Health and Wellness Center in the buildings where he operates Spring Garden Nursery, on Hwy 19 west of the County Park in Cannon Falls. The long-drawn out permit process involved zoning changes and public hearings. The permit is an Interim Permit, which means it cannot pass straight to a new owner, and is conditional on adequate parking and septic systems, which Lorentz says he has in hand. The center is planned to open on a 24/7 basis in July with fitness equipment. Weight loss, nutrition and healthy living classes will be added over time.
Citizens Building Renovation
Plans to remodel and expand Red Wing's iconic Citizens Bank Building are moving well, staff reported to the County Board. When work is complete, the building will be home to all County Health and Social Services staff. All clients will be interviewed on the ground floor, which will have level access from the parking lot. Staff offices will be on the higher floors, allowing greater security and safety for clients and staff. The County Board will vote on the next stages on June 23. It is hoped construction will start in mid-September.
County staff are gearing up for this fall's election season, Elections Officer Amy Hove reported. Absentee voting continues to grow, and the range for voting now covers 45 days. New this year will be absentee voting for all residents of Lake City, in both Goodhue and Wabasha Counties. City Halls in Cannon Falls, Kenyon, Red Wing and Zumbrota will also be absentee voting sites. Pine Island residents will have to vote through County offices, however. Under a new law, Cities which straddle two or more Counties must treat all residents the same. Pine Island is not willing to process absentee votes for Olmsted County residents, said Hove.