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New facility for Preston industry BCM

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
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The site is being prepared and early construction work has started at the future home of Bluff Country Manufacturing Inc. in Preston's North Industrial Park. Owner Rockny Moger plans to move his business across Highway 52 into the new building by November 15.

As you drive into Preston from the north on Highway 52, you have probably noticed a site being graded at the new North Industrial Park. Soon an 11,500 square foot facility will be erected for the new home of Bluff Country Manufacturing, Inc. (BCM). The business currently leases a building on the other side of the highway from Southeast Minnesota Ethanol between Bauer Built Tire and POET Biorefining.

Rockny Moger, Lanesboro, established the business by himself in 2007 after 20 years working for other electronic companies including: Riverside Electronics, TRW, SEI Electronics, and Leroy Products in Leroy, Minn. Moger worked five years for Leroy Products as production manager. When he started with the company, there were eight employees and when he left 68 people were employed. BCM currently has six full time employees and Moger expects to continue growing the business, thereby employing more people.

Moger was born and raised in Winona. His parents were from Lanesboro and Highland so he knows people in the area. The new facility will be owned by Bluff Country Industries, LLC and it will be leased to BCM, both of which Moger owns. He said he had received offers from both Harmony and Wabasha to build in those locations, but preferred Preston.

The plan is for the new facility to open on November 15. Moger said planning for the project has been ongoing for three years. The building will be solid concrete construction to the roof. The new North Industrial Park includes 6.32 acres of which Moger has purchased 2.14 acres (Lot 1). In August the Preston City Council rezoned the site from B-2 Highway Commercial to I-1 Industrial. In April the city council created a TIF District which included the six-plus acres in the industrial park.

In order for the city to provide the necessary infrastructure for the industrial park several pieces had to fall into place. The city received notification in June that the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) had award nearly a half a million dollars toward necessary infrastructure for both the expansion of Preston Dairy and Farm Association located north of Highway 16 and the industrial park located south of Highway 16. The grants will help pay for sanitary sewer, water main, storm pond, roadway, electric, and engineering costs. One other necessary piece was the location of the retention pond which is to be located on the east side of Highway 52 on land purchased from Jerald Wingert. The new industrial park may one day be a home for three businesses. JMS Agronomics has plans to move into the park.

BCM is a contract manufacturer which assembles printed circuit boards, “including single-sided, double-sided, multi-layered, or mixed technology needs.” BCM assembles circuit boards for all of the dentist chairs in the world. Other circuit boards assembled by BCM include those used for LED lighting and solar lighting. For more information go to www.bluffcountrymanufacturing.com/

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