DMR's Hibbing expansion to add dozens of jobs

An electronics manufacturer on the Iron Range broke ground on a new facility Wednesday that could bring another 50 jobs to the region.

Detroit Diesel Manufacturing DMR is expanding into a facility at the Range Regional Airport in Hibbing. Last October, the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board loaned $2.5 million to the airport authority to double the building's size. Plant Operations Manager David Rohde said the transition helps the company in two ways.

"First off it gives us further room and added space for continued growth. And it solidifies our presence on the Iron Range for far into the future," Rohde said.

DMR employs nearly 100 people on the Range. Rohde said the company hopes to add 30 to 50 employees in the next three to five years.

The subsidiary of Daimler makes electronic components for cars, trucks, and public transit projects. DMR was founded on the Iron Range in 1987 to support the mining industry.

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