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Jobs boost as Digi-Key starts work on $300m facility

23rd March 2018
Mick Elliott

Construction of Digi-Key’s new $300m facility in Thief River Falls will begin next month. The four-storey product distribution centre will provide an additional 2.2 million square feet of usable space to the company’s existing Thief River Falls facilities, and will occupy an overall footprint of 1 million square feet.

Digi-Key reported 26% growth worldwide in 2017, with sales topping $2.3bn, exceeding the $2bn mark for the first time in the company’s history. The company’s success, driven by its employees’ dedication to customer service, has allowed Digi-Key to add over 170 employees in 2017, 140 in Thief River Falls.

“Our original commitment was to generate 100 new jobs in Thief River Falls per year over 10 years, above and beyond our 2017 base of 3,200, which was conservative, so we are exceeding our projected employment already,” stated Rick Trontvet, Vice President of Administration.

Dave Doherty, President and Chief Operating Officer at Digi-Key Electronics, stated, “As our worldwide revenue growth continues, Digi-Key will need to add more team members in Thief River Falls to keep pace with our growth that has been more than double of others in our industry.”

Digi-Key’s new expansion will contribute an additional $500 million in economic output, and will bring 250-300 construction employees to Thief River Falls to construct and facilitate the new facility over three years.

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