April 2, 2007

Spectralytics commits to Dassel, but slows plans to expand

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Spectralytics is committed to staying in Dassel, but it hasn’t responded yet to the city’s two land offers.

Dassel City Administrator Myles McGrath said Wednesday the laser micro-welding, cutting and drilling company is committed to expand in Dassel, but is postponing a decision on a specific site. Spectralytics is looking for a new eight-acre site because there’s no more room at the Red Rooster Industrial Park on the south side of Dassel.

The city offered Spectralytics two proposals Feb. 20, city land for $5,000 an acre, or land from a site, now owned by Brian Dahlman, north of town, for $20,000 an acre. The city land in the first proposal is from 80 acres used for disposing of wastewater by irrigation. It is west of the Howard Page development at the intersection of Highways 12 and 15.

Originally, Spectralytics wanted to move into a 30,000-square-foot facility by fall. It appears the company is slowing down its plans, McGrath said.

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