An outdoor power equipment manufacturer plans to relocate two of its distributions centers into one facility in Cottage Grove.
STIHL Inc. said in a news release Monday that it will be closing the Mississippi Valley STIHL of Peoria, Illinois, and Midwest STIHL Inc., of Hayward, Wisconsin, and establishing a new single distribution site in the village of Cottage Grove.
STIHL chose Cottage Grove because it's close to the Interstate 90 and 94 corridors, which are main routes for deliveries to STIHL dealers, according to the news release.
The new operation, known as Midwest STIHL, will serve customers throughout the mid-northern region of the U.S. The company didn't offer a date when the Cottage Grove facility would begin operations but said the consolidation would take place this year. STIHL employees from both locations will be offered employment at the Cottage Grove center. It wasn't immediately clear where the new location within Cottage Grove will be located.