Altoz, Inc., recently broke ground on its new 75,000-square-foot facility, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. This is the first phase of a multi-phase expansion project in Red Lake Falls, Minn., that brings the combined building space to more than 412,500 square feet between the Red Lake Falls and Greenbush, Minn., locations.
Owners Dennis and Terri Brazier opened the ceremony by welcoming and thanking everyone who attended, including special guests Minnesota Representative John Burkel and Red Lake Falls Mayor Allen Bertilrud.
“In the past year we have grown the manufacturing workforce here by four times, and we are looking forward to adding many additional careers in all areas, including manufacturing, management, and marketing,” said Dennis Brazier.
This expansion provides the opportunity to bring 150 careers to the community over time. Bertilrud thanked the Braziers for investing in the community and bringing new job opportunities to the area.
The $12-million-plus expansion project will increase capacity and improve operational efficiency. The new manufacturing facility will accommodate state-of-the-art metal fabrication equipment including an automated fiber laser cutting system, turret punch presses, press brakes, robotic welders, a powder coat automated paint system, assembly and a distribution center.
“This new equipment, capacity and space will allow us to grow our production team to keep up with the demand for Altoz products,” said Matt Schaumburg, productions manager. In addition to the manufacturing facility, the site features a multi-story office building that will accommodate a growing workforce.
“Altoz retail sales have increased every year since our inception; we continue to add new dealers across the United States and are expanding distribution internationally. In June we will be revealing a new multi-purpose, multi-seasonal line of equipment that will be a first for the outdoor power equipment industry,” said Karl Bjorkman, director of sales and marketing.
The additional workforce and production capabilities will help prepare for and continue to meet the marketplace demand for Altoz outdoor power equipment. Currently, Altoz offers the only zero-turn mowers and stand-on mowers with tracks. Demand continues to grow as more consumers, commercial lawn care professionals and municipalities recognize the benefits of the tracked mowers and the value that Altoz equipment provides.