Blooming Prairie, MN (KROC-AM News) - Here’s some rare business news - a manufacturing company is moving operations from the Twin Cities to a small SE Minnesota town.

It was announced Wednesday that Stinar Corporation will relocate from Eagan to Blooming Prairie.

The company was based in Eagan for more than 50 years. Why the move? The company was purchased last year by Blooming Prairie native Craig Kruckeberg.

Craig Kruckeberg

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According to Wednesday’s news release announcing the move:

“Kruckeberg felt the relocation was imperative to support his community on the heels of the announcement that longtime manufacturing business, Minimizer, would be leaving Blooming Prairie.” He adds, “Blooming Prairie is my hometown and it’s important that we keep manufacturing business in this community and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

The move to Blooming Prairie will be complete before November 1 and involves 20 employees.

Stinar has been Minnesota owned and operated for over 70 years and is well-known for providing the airplane stairs for Air Force One. It also provides products utilized by the Air Force, Navy and nearly all major airlines around the world.

Stinar will hold a company open house to introduce its team to the local community Thursday, October 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the new manufacturing facility located at 10061 State Highway 30.

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