Douglas Machine breaks ground on expansion project
Douglas Machine Inc. broke ground on a 39,000-square-foot facility expansion on Tuesday, June 16, on the corner of 36th Avenue West and Minnesota Street in Alexandria.
The property is already home to a Douglas Machine facility and after this expansion the size of the Alexandria facilities will grow to almost 275,000 square feet.
The project is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2009, and will include approximately 8,000 square feet of engineering, laboratory, research, and assembly space for Douglas Scientific, a business unit of Douglas Machine.
The balance of the space will support the packaging machinery operations of Douglas Machine.
The expansion is expected to create 10 additional jobs over the next two years. Douglas Machine currently employs more than 500.
Douglas Machine has received tax increment financing benefits from the city of Alexandria to assist with infrastructure and site preparation costs of this expansion.
Douglas Machine, an employee owned company, is a manufacturer of automated packaging equipment and is a recognized market leader in paperboard, corrugated and shrink-film packaging solutions.
Core competencies are cartoners, case-packers, tray packers, and shrink-wrappers.
Douglas Machine has many patent and patent-pending technologies that are incorporated into the design and functionality of their equipment.
Douglas Scientific provides a revolutionary fluid dispensing and array tape platform for genetic screening and discovery - customers have experienced transformational outcomes and value, according to the company.
Douglas Scientific's patented array tape automation has revolutionized microplate processing with customized embossed wells in continuous plastic tape.
This new process, according to company leaders, has delivered quantum gains in throughput and cost reductions for their customers.
The groundbreaking event included a welcome and project overview provided by Rick Paulsen of Douglas Machine along with words of congratulations from David Kjos (Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission board president), Sara Carlson (Alexandria City Council member) and Paul Anderson (Douglas County commissioner). Members of the Unity Foundation provided a business and site blessing.