Proto Labs Unveils New 200k Sq. Ft. Brooklyn Park Facility

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Digital manufacturer Protolabs (NYSE: PRLB) is celebrating its 20-year anniversary with today’s grand opening of its state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility in Brooklyn Park, Minn. The 215,000 sq. ft. CNC machining facility, which currently houses nearly 300 mills and lathes, is Protolabs’ eighth manufacturing plant in the United States, and 12th globally.”

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Clearfield Scales Operations, R&D Facilities In North America

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD), the specialist in fiber management for communication service providers, today announced that it is increasing its manufacturing warehouse space, creating a dedicated, secure research and development lab, and expanding its manufacturing operations to meet the increasing demand for its products created by wireless and FTTx roll outs.”

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NYC Fintech Startup DailyPay Opens New Minneapolis Office

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“NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DailyPay, the pioneer in providing instant access to earned wages, today announced the opening of its second location in Minneapolis, MN. The office will support approximately 100 new employees across DailyPay’s payment services and customer support teams.”

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Novel Coworking to open Thursday in TriTech Center in Minneapolis

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“Novel Coworking is set to open its new shared offices this week at the TriTech Center, the second downtown Minneapolis building it has bought and repurposed.

Novel operates co-working desks, private offices and office suites on floors four and five of the nine-story building. The space, which will have its grand opening Thursday, has similar features of its other locations including an espresso bar, beer on tap, and members’ company logos displayed downstairs in the building’s lobby.”

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[UPDATED] Tech Co’s Coming To MN + Those Moving Up, Down, Around & Out

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Given the rate of geographic change and rearrange happening in Minnesota’s technology industry, these physical movements are tracked for further trending analysis.

Whether it’s a startup graduating from coworking into their first office, a company going intrastate from one side of town to the other, or those departing, even outgrowing Minnesota.

The goal is as always, to be as thorough as possible, and if something was missed please leave a comment:

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Diversified Tech Investor Equus Buys 19 Acre Campus In Golden Valley

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“MINNEAPOLIS, April 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Equus Holdings Inc. (EQ Holdings), announced the purchase of a new worldwide headquarters, the Basset Creek Innovation Center located at 201 General Mills Blvd, Golden Valley.

This LEED certified state-of-the-art facility represents the collaborative direction of EQ Holdings, an employee-owned private investment firm and holding company with a diverse and thriving corporate portfolio.”

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Life Time Fitness Set To Debut Co-working Site In St. Louis Park

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“There aren’t any treadmills or weights at Life Time Work, the new St. Louis Park co-working office created by the founder of Life Time Fitness. However, company leaders say the health of members is at the forefront of the office’s mission.

When Life Time Work opens Wednesday at the 1600 Tower at West End in St. Louis Park, it will be the first Life Time Work in the Twin Cities and the second in the country.”

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[UPDATED] 600,000+ Square Foot ‘Technology Campus’ Could Cozy Up To MOA

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Updated 3/15/19 1pm CST: Sick AG, makers of sensors for industrial automation applications, is the company in question. A paywalled report says they are seeking $32 million in public funding for the project, with aspirations of employing 1,500 by year 2035.  Based in Waldkirch, Germany, Sick AG brought in $1.7 billion revenue in 2017.

Original Via Finance and Commerce 2/25/19:

“An unnamed company is proposing to build more than 600,000 square feet of tech production and office space on land the city of Bloomington owns kitty corner across from the Mall of America.

The Bloomington Planning Commission will consider on Feb. 28 making a “technology campus” an approved use for industrial property at 2501, 2601, and 2701 American Blvd. E. and 2600 Lindau Lane. The measure is a response to interest from a “high-tech company looking to establish a regional headquarters” in the city’s South Loop District, according a city staff report.”

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[Updated] Which 95 Tech Companies Based Outside Minnesota Have A Presence Here?

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Building off our exploration of tech companies coming to Minnesota and moving around town – is which tech companies based outside of Minnesota have a presence here? 

That is what we seek to thoroughly understand in this running column.

Presence — for the purpose of this research — is defined as two or more employees that consistently work together in a professional office environment (coworking counts since many local expansions do start that way).

Here’s an ongoing list for starters, we will add to this & update over time:

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