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Spectralytics negotiating with Dassel for expansion land

December 24, 2007

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Spectralytics is in negotiation with the City of Dassel to expand on city property in the northwest corner of the intersection of Highways 12 and 15.

City Administrator Myles McGrath announced last Monday that the component manufacturer to the medical device market is negotiating a development agreement for the former ice arena property.

“Future growth of our business will demand that we increase our available manufacturing space. We are very interested in continuing our growth in Dassel and look forward to arriving at a mutually beneficial development agreement,” said Gary Oberg, president of Spectralytics Inc., in a letter to McGrath Nov. 21.

“The company purchased its existing building in Dassel in 1998, and in 2000, consolidated all of its operations here. Since moving to Dassel, the company has steadily increased its employment from approximately 30 full-time employees in 1998, to approximately 90 full-time employees at present,” Oberg said.

Spectralytic’s current facility is at 145 S. 3rd St., in Red Rooster Industrial Park. The company uses state-of-the-art machining centers to manufacture stents and other medical devices.

In addition, the land Howard Page donated Nov. 5 for a street right of way to the property in which Spectralytics is interested, has been appraised for $136,000. The street right of way contains 2.236 acres and allows access to the proposed industrial park from Highway 15.