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Proto Labs adds 100-plus jobs More hires slated in the coming months, years at Rosemount location by Joseph Palmersheim DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

A Minnesota plastics company creates more than parts – since moving to Rosemount, it has created more than 100 jobs. After a grand opening in May, Proto Labs’ new location at the corner of County Road 42 and Highway 3 in Rosemount has added much-needed jobs to the local economy. The company focuses on creating custom-made plastic parts using computer numerical control (automation of machining tools) and injection molding technology in facilities around the world. The former Webb Cos. Building in the Rosemount Business Park was chosen as Proto Labs’ latest site in part due to the building suiting the company’s needs while being close to company headquarters in Maple Plain. While more than 100 people are currently working at the 129,000-square-foot Rosemount plant, the company expects that number to grow to approximately 300 by the end of 2014 to keep up with expected growth rates. Hiring for new positions is ongoing. If that happens, the company will become a topthree employer in Rosemount behind Flint Hills Resources and the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District. The company is currently seeking a facilities supervisor, a finishing operator and mold tech. “Since May, our Rosemount plant has been fully up and running supporting our Protomold production parts business, while in parallel they have been implementing a number of process improvements aimed at even greater efficiencies,” said company CEO Brad Cleveland. “The new facility and its highly trained staff have successfully handled many strong days of demand from our customers.” Proto Labs bills itself as “the world’s fastest source for custom (computer numerical control) machined parts and injection molded parts,” offering “real materials, real functionality, and real value in as fast as one business day.” The company can do this through a variety of processes, including Firstcut, which can generate up to 10 parts in under three days, and Protomold Rapid Injection, which can

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Maple Plain-based Proto Labs opened a new facility in the Rosemount Business Park earlier this year that has over 100 employees.

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The Rosemount location of Proto Labs is supporting the business’s Protomold production parts line, while implementing a number of process improvements aimed at even greater efficiencies, according to CEO Brad Cleveland. The site is projected to have over 300 employees, which would make it one of the city’s top employers.

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