July 16, 2007

APT to expand again in Cokato's industrial park

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Advanced Process Technologies, Inc., APT, of Cokato, is expanding for the second time. Hagen Builders of Cokato will construct an 8,000-square-foot warehouse/manufacturing expansion for APT at 150 Swendra Boulevard in the industrial park north of Cokato.

Russ Scherping, representing APT, said the company manufactures equipment for food and dairy processing, such as cheese or ice cream production.

Art Hagen, president of Hagen Builders, made a presentation to the Cokato City Council last Monday about the project. The 80-foot by 100-foot steel building will be 34 feet high and contain a 20-ton crane to load tanks, Hagen said.

Because an additional 12,200 square feet of impervious surface will be on the property, a berm will be removed, and a retention pond will be constructed. Otto Engineering of Buffalo has designed the topography for the project to manage the storm water, he said.

The expansion will include special drains that are connected to inflammable waste traps. When trucks drive into the building that are wet or dripping, the wastewater will be trapped in the drains and not go into a ditch outside, Hagen said.

The expansion will allow APT to employ three more people.

“I’m excited about this,” said Council Member Butch Amundsen.

The high bay addition will be built on the east side of the existing building, Hagen pointed out on the chart he showed the council.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• heard a report from Mike Worcester, Cokato Museum director, that the foundation repair project for Akerlund Studio has not received any bids yet.

• approved transferring the right of way for East 53rd Street by Trailstone Addition to the City of Cokato.

• reduced the retainage on the South Broadway Project to $20,000 from $99,000.

• listened to a report from the city auditors, Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing of Litchfield, that city finances are in good shape for the year ending Dec. 31, 2006.

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