Article by Bill Esler, Editor
Fastener Fair USA
Fastenal is developing an office project in downtown Winona, MN, its headquarters city, with space for approximately 400 to 600 company employees. The project is being done in partnership with Opportunity Winona, a public-private partnership focused on redevelopment in the city.
“In 1967, the Fastenal organization began operating in downtown Winona, and 50+ years later we are reestablishing a downtown presence,“ said Dan Florness, Fastenal President and CEO.
Preliminary designs were provided in a release by Opportunity Winona, including a rendering of the new building by The Kubala Washatko Architects (TKWA).
“We believe in this community and the great things happening downtown,” added Florness. “We believe this project will help our ability to recruit new employees both from within and from outside the community. We are also impressed with the long-term vision of Opportunity Winona.”
Winona Mayor Mark Peterson said: “This project and our partnership with Fastenal bring a key part of downtown back to life. This will mean more people coming to work in our downtown who will add more energy to our city.”
The new Fastenal building
The four-story building was designed by The Kubala Washatko Architects (TKWA). The project expects to break ground in 2020 with fall of 2021 as an estimated completion date.
“When we first expanded our presence on Theurer Blvd. in the 1980s, we were looking to support the future growth of Fastenal,” said Florness, “In a similar step, this downtown office building is intended to support the expansion of Fastenal for years into the future. From a community perspective, this will be an exciting and very busy new addition to the city and we believe will inspire other projects along the riverfront.”
Opportunity Winona was created in 2015 by public and private sector leaders to encourage and coordinate investment in the downtown area to create new jobs, housing, and commercial activity to benefit the entire community. It brings together the Winona Port Authority, the City of Winona, the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce, and Winona Main Street along with others from the business, education and health care communities.
To learn more please visit opportunitywinona.com.
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