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Ribbon cutting marks Fast Sprayers’ expansion in Windom

Area officials taking part in Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for Fast Sprayers are (from left) John Lafferty, Jeremy LaCroix, Rep. Rod Hamilton, Brad Powers, Matt Shands, Trevor Slette, Aaron Backman and Steve Nasby. (Submitted Photo)

WINDOM — Fast Sprayers, formerly known as Fast Distributing Inc., and North Windom Industrial Park celebrated the completion of “phase 1” for Fast Sprayers Wednesday with a joint ribbon- cutting ceremony at Opportunity Drive and Commerce Boulevard in Windom.

The $2.34 million project, which started in April, is a 72,000-square- foot facility for Fast Sprayers, a company that manufactures high-quality sprayer and liquid fertilizer equipment and originated in Mountain Lake.

“Basically what happened is Fast Sprayers kept expanding at their location in Mountain Lake, but eventually ran out of room,” said Aaron Backman, executive director of the Windom Economic Development Authority. “So we’re all really happy that they can now call Windom their new home.”

Fast Sprayers was awarded a

$1 million, zero percent interest Rural Economic Development loan from the South Central Electric Association and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“They received one of the highest amounts, and these loans are only funded to about nine projects across the country — and we were one of them,” said Backman.

The first building, known as phase 1, will be used for automated powder coat painting and assembly process. The recently announced expansion will be for fabrication, welding and shipping/receiving.

Fast Sprayers is still continuing “phase 2” of the project, which will double its facility from 72,000 to 144,000 square feet and will be completed by summer 2014.

“I was really pleased with everyone who came despite the weather,” said Backman about the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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