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New welding business to open in Lake Shore

New welding business to open in Lake Shore

LAKE SHORE – Lee Wangstad plans to open a new welding business in Lake Shore when he completes his new building this spring.

A recent Central Lakes College graduate, he has worked with Cass County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) since May 2013 to choose a location, develop a business plan and obtain financing for his business, Lee’s Welding and Repair LLC.

The business will employ two people and will broaden the local tax base by about $250,000. Bremer Bank will finance the project.

There are 210 welding jobs in north central Minnesota, according to CCEDC Executive Director Gail Leverson, who said there is a high demand for this skill.

The occupation of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers ranks 23rd among more than 600 occupations for employer demand, she said, citing a 2013 Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development report. For this reason, Leverson expects Wangstad’s customer base to include both business-to-business and retail customers.

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