The world’s leading printing group announces expansion plans that will increase efficiency and capacity for its growing client base, while adding additional jobs in the community.
Toppan Merrill, part of the world’s leading printing group, announced today its plans for a 70,000 square foot expansion to its Sartell, Minnesota facility. The expansion will allow Toppan Merrill to increase efficiency and capacity to support an expanding customer base and add additional jobs in the community.
“We are excited to announce this expansion of our Sartell facility as it represents our growth and expansion into new markets,” stated Jeff Riback, President of Toppan Merrill, “It also underscores Toppan Merrill’s ongoing commitment to our workforce and this community; both have been and continue to be, outstanding partners in our growth.”
Toppan Merrill’s parent company, Toppan Leefung Pte. Ltd., is expecting to invest $6 million over the course of the expansion project that will include 13,500 square feet of office space and 56,375 square feet of additional warehouse and production space into the existing 100,000 square foot building.
To support its ongoing growth strategy, Toppan Merrill was strategically looking at options to combine the activities performed in the St. Cloud facility into the Sartell or Grove City facilities.
“The support of the City of Sartell and MN DEED was instrumental in the decision to expand the Sartell facility and receiving the required approvals to move forward,” said Mike Zimny, Director of Fulfillment Services.
“It was important for the City of Sartell to keep the Toppan Merrill facility in Minnesota.” Anita Archambeau, Community Development Director, City of Sartell. “We worked tirelessly with our partners at the Department of Employment and Economic Development and with Inventure Properties to pull together the best possible package of financial incentives, along with streamlined land use reviews, to make sure that the leadership at Toppan Merrill understood how serious Sartell was about wanting to keep all operations in Sartell.”
The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) is a private collaboration of over 250 regional business and community leaders whose mission is to lead economic development for the benefit of the region. “The Toppan Merrill expansion in Sartell is a testament to the robust business ecosystem in our region. The printing services industry has a rich history in our community and we are delighted to know that it will be even stronger as a result of this development. Toppan Merrill (formerly Merrill Corporation) has been a valued GSDC investor and we look forward to assisting them with their workforce and other needs as they continue to grow and invest in our region and our communities,” stated Patti Gartland, GSDC President.
Douglas J. Boser, of Inventure Properties, St. Cloud, MN was an instrumental figure in navigating the various processes on behalf of Toppan Merrill, from initial discussions with the City, to accepting bid estimates from contractors. “As Owner’s Representative, we made a commitment to the City of Sartell and Toppan Merrill.” He added, “Toppan Merrill has been a strong central Minnesota employer since 1994, with the capacity to grow. We wanted to make sure we helped facilitate that growth and not lose that growth and those jobs to another state.”
In early 2019, DEED Commissioner, Steve Grove, recognized that a milestone had been reached of over 30 Japanese-owned companies in Minnesota. They represent a wide variety of sectors from advanced manufacturing to medical, chemicals, food, and logistics. The State welcomes Toppan to this group of leading Japanese companies who have chosen to partner with the people of Minnesota to advance their technology and new business opportunities.
Archambeau says Sartell strives to create long-term partnerships and strong relationships with businesses. “Sartell is very fortunate to have great companies, like Toppan Merrill, who have wonderful employees. We want to do what we can to take care of them. I like to say that when we take care of our businesses and work as a team with our economic development partners, great things happen.”
The expansion is slated to be completed in the Spring of 2020.