THUMBS UP: It is encouraging news that a manufacturing company is planning on moving to New Ulm. SpecSys, Inc., headquartered in Montevideo, is negotiating to buy the former Caterpillar plant in New Ulm to set up a branch of its custom machine manufacturing business.
SpecSys is going to start with five to 12 employees to begin with, and add on as the business grows.
This is a hopeful sign for New Ulm, but could also be a sign that companies across the state are moving and growing after several years of stagnation and job losses. Information presented last week at at Grow Minnesota meeting showed more businesses this year are planning to grow and expand over the next two or three years. We certainly hope so.
Highway 14 progress
THUMBS UP: The Minnesota Department of Transportation is expected to announce Tuesday that it will go ahead with the construction of a four-lane Highway 14 from Mankato to Nicollet, and will do it over a four- to six-year period. This is welcome news after previous announcements that Highway 14 improvements might not be include in MnDOT's 20 year plan.
That's good news, but only half of what is needed. Highway 14 should be four lane all the way to New Ulm. The Highway 14 Partnership should not let MnDOT rest with the expansion to Nicollet.
It will be a tremendous safety improvement, and an economic stimulus for New Ulm when the project is completed - completely completed, that is.
Plenty going on
THUMBS UP: This weekend is one of those summer weekends when no one can say "There's nothing to do!"
From Friendship Days in Nicollet to the Cambria Poetry Competition, to the Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Club's first Summer Party, there's plenty to do.
The Poetry Competition, at Morgan Creek Vineyards this Sunday, is one of the more unique events. Five poets have been selected to read their work and be judged, the winner to be awarded an oak Bard's Chair.
And the Grand Center for Arts &?Culture is holding its fundraiser on Sunday, culminating with the auctioning of the musical instrument artworks that have been on display around town this week.
New Ulm's Autofest will also be taking place on Sunday out by Maday Motors and Joe's Camper Sales.
It should be a fund weekend, no matter where your interests lie.