Lund Boats bringing mild manufacturing facility to Willmar – West Central Tribune


— A limited labor sector in a compact local community about 100 miles north of Willmar led to a imaginative alternative for Brunswick Corporation, which manufactures Lund Boats.

New York Mills is a city of approximately 1,300 people, and the Lund Boat manufacturing facility in that city employs 600 folks, in accordance to Brian Hines, vice president of functions for Lund Boats.

“So, as you can imagine, it is really pretty tricky to employ up there, so we have been on the lookout for strategies to kind of get away from our labor market a small bit and get to a powerful labor marketplace, which Willmar is,” Hines described to the city of Willmar’s Arranging Commission at its assembly Wednesday. The fee was listening to the preliminary approach for the producing facility that will be found in a leased building at 350 45th St. N.W.

Lund Boats ideas to use 30 to 35 regional folks at the production facility via a deal with AgJobs, in accordance to Hines.

“Most of their workforce are Spanish-talking staff, so they will also present us with some (human resources) guidance and supervision help, and also, just an ability to bus folks in,” Hines said.

Whilst some employees will drive on their own and arrange their have car or truck pools, transportation in the type of a van or little bus will be coordinated in between AgJobs and Lund Boats for people who have to have it. Employees can also make the most of Central Community Transit, the area general public transportation.

The new workers are at this time remaining qualified in New York Mills, and Lund Boats ideas to have them working in the Willmar facility at the conclude of June or early July.

All products, this kind of as wood, aluminum, carpet, and vinyl, will be slash in New York Mills, then trucked to Willmar for gluing functions. Those people items will then be packaged again up into boat kits, and sent back again to New York Mills for assembly.

“Essentially what it does is it gets us 30 more men and women not in our own yard,” Hines said. “It is far enough absent that it is out of our labor current market, but shut plenty of that it is fairly quick. I mean, if I have an emergency operate of pieces, I can toss it in a pickup and get it right here in just a few of hrs.”

Many New York Mills-based employees have been doing the job extra time given that need for boats has risen, according to an announcement about the new facility created by Lenn Scholz, president of Lund Boats, at a meeting with New York Mills Civic and Commerce customers on March 29. That desire, together with other elements which includes COVID-19, provide shortages, weather conditions and a employing scarcity, remaining the organization with more than 40 open positions.

“We have a fantastic and highly competent workforce in our present-day locale in New York Mills, and we are continuing to increase there,” Hines mentioned, noting how considerably Brunswick values and appreciates its recent workers. “We are just on the lookout for strategies to grow into a close area like Willmar to supplement our progress in an location that has the assets to guidance it even speedier.”

The Willmar building in which the producing will take place was annexed into the metropolis in January 2021, and the city is doing work on a strategy to lengthen town sewer and h2o as a result of the annexation, according to Setting up and Growth Director Justice Walker.

Despite the fact that there will not be any variations to the exterior of the building, a survey might be necessary and it does not now fulfill the city’s zoning prerequisites for setbacks and parking areas, Walker said. The town also needs properties of that dimension to have a sprinkler technique for fireplace suppression.

It is unidentified how prolonged it will consider for a study to be finished, and Hines noted the lack of parking ought to not be an issue. Lots of of the workers who will be operating at the facility will carpool or be bused to the facility.

He also described that the parking lot at the constructing at this time has a significant place for vans to transform around, so that will not be a problem for the loading, unloading and transportation of supplies. Lund Boats ideas to use delicate-sided trailers in get to be in a position to park the truck alongside the constructing and load materials from the aspect.

Though parking area is limited at the gentle production facility remaining leased by Brunswick Company to help in its producing of Lund Boats, there is a substantial space at the again of the constructing for the turnaround of semitractor-trailers that will be hauling materials concerning Willmar and the New York Mills facility.

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Hines stated the organization is accomplishing some reworking to the inside of the facility to update the restroom and breakroom regions. There will be really tiny water use at the facility, apart from toilets and sinks. Lund Boats strategies to supply bottled drinking water for the employees.

The organization has budgeted to put in a sprinkler technique, Hines additional. However, it would like to wait till metropolis drinking water and sewer is run via the region prior to installation of the sprinkler method. If that is not an selection, a big drinking water keeping tank would have to be mounted with a jockey pump.

Walker observed that he and the city’s fire main walked through the facility and the fireplace chief was Ok with the sprinkler process not currently being installed until finally metropolis drinking water is offered to the setting up in gentle of Lund Boats’ chance administration prepare for fire.


This leased setting up located at 350 45th St. N.W. in Willmar will be made use of as a light-weight producing facility for Brunswick Corporation, which constructs Lund Boats.

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The Preparing Fee questioned irrespective of whether the condition Hearth Marshal’s workplace also would be Ok with the company’s chance administration approach and no sprinkler process in put right absent that remedy was not identified by any individual existing at the meeting.

Hines noted that there are Occupational Safety and Health and fitness Administration prerequisites for the storage of flammable supplies, and the adhesives utilised by the company will be stored in fireplace cupboards. There will be only a working day or two’s well worth of product stored at the facility, he extra.