Back in March, the New Brighton City Council unanimously approved a term sheet and right-of-entry agreement with TÜV SÜD America to redevelop land in the New Brighton Exchange.
TÜV SÜD America is a German-based business-to-business engineering firm that provides international safety testing, auditing, inspection and certification services. With 850 locations worldwide, TUV has been in New Brighton since 1992 with a facility currently located at 1775 Old Highway 8 NW.
TÜV SÜD America hosted a groundbreaking ceremony July 12 on the new 4-acre property located at 141 14th Street NW. Mayor Val Johnson, TÜV SÜD staff and representatives of Ryan Companies construction were all in attendance as the ground was broken for 36,000-square-foot testing facility.
All speakers agreed that the new facility will be an attractive and a beneficial gain for the residents of New Brighton.
The New Brighton site currently employs 44 employees with an average salary of $79,150.
The new facility will allow TÜV SÜD to stay in New Brighton and will retain jobs,” said Asssistant Director of Community Assets and Development Janice Gundlach. “There is also the possibility of future expansion and that would allow for more jobs, Developing four acres of land will also add a tax benefits to the community.”
TÜV SÜD also recently donated to the development of the city’s first fully-accessible playground in Lions Park.
“Establishing this state-of-the art testing facility is part of our goal to grow our testing solutions footprint,” said TUV SUD America CFO Fabian Schober in a statement. “We certainly look forward to being a contributor to economic growth and job opportunities for the local community.”
The growth of TÜV SÜD America has been continual and consistent, started by a single employee in 1987 and now retaining more than 1,400 employees at over three dozen locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.
The facility is expected to open by the end of the year or in the first quarter of 2018.
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