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Business Is Booming In Hawley, MN

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People in one Minnesota town are seeing new businesses and projects developing in their area. It is a growth residents and city officials in Hawley have been hoping for.

"We expect to be producing concrete out of here by next summer." says Matt McAllister the President of Cretex Concrete Products. Wednesday they shoveled dirt for their official ground breaking. Cretex Concrete Products is building a $7 million facility.

"They contacted us, they were looking for a specific sized area, this is a really natural spot to build the factory where they're going to put all this pipe together," says Hawley Mayor Gary Johnson.

He and other city leaders couldn't be happier to see another new business in the area. Cretex will help create 40 new jobs, but that's not the only business helping Hawley grow.

"RDO Equipment, hotel expansion, our business incubator down town, for a small town to have anything happen is great," says City Council Member C.J. Holl, "But we thought well if we can get one or two of these things to happen that'd be wonderful, and all of it's happening!"

All the growth won't only enhance Hawley, but surrounding towns as well.

"All of the communities up and down along the highway and corridor are going to benefit from the growth in Hawley," Holl says.

Cretex chose Hawley for a specific reason, their president says they wanted a town that was a well traveled though area.

"I was really impressed with Hawley and the city continues to grow," McAllister says, "and really we need our presence in the whole Red River Valley to grow and this will help us do that, just as the economy grows up here and it certainly has been booming!"

The town looks like a construction zone for now, but its building the future of a growing community.

The new Cretex Concrete Products facility is expected be finished by next summer. When all the businesses are finished and expansions are complete, more than 50 new jobs will have been created in the area.

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