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RELEASE: Rep. Igo Provision Set to Bring More than 150 Jobs to Northland

Friday, July 2, 2021

St. Paul, MN—Freshman State Representative Spencer Igo, R-Grand Rapids, was chief author of a provision included in the Taxes omnibus bill that provides more than $25 million in production incentives to help secure the construction of an 800,000 square foot wood manufacturing plant in Cohasset.

The plant will serve as the newest manufacturing facility for Huber Engineered Woods and is set to bring more than 150 well paying jobs to the Northland.

“When I was elected last November, I made a commitment to our community that I would come to St. Paul to fight for the Northland and help bring our best days to reality,” said Rep. Igo. “Thanks to hard work and collaboration between the City of Cohasset, Itasca County, the IRRRB, Senator Tom Bakk, Senator Justin Eichorn, and the rest of the Iron Range delegation, we were able to come together and get this done for our region. I am grateful that Huber has made the decision to invest in the best workforce in the nation—the hard-working men and women of the Iron Range.”

The Igo provision follows recent action by the IRRRB that provided a $15.6 million forgivable loan for the project. The loan is believed to be the largest non-mining related investment from the IRRRB in its history.

Governor Walz is expected to sign the Taxes bill in the coming days.