Shutterfly breaks ground in Shakopee

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. -- About 330 full time jobs are coming to Shakopee after San Francisco-based Shutterfly chose to anchor its Midwest regional operations off of Highway 169.

The facility, which will be built by Ryan Companies, will be ready next summer.

Shutterfly promises that up to 1,000 employees will be employed at the facility over the holiday months, when they add seasonal staff.

Gov. Mark Dayton says we're in the midst of a very competitive market where states are competing for job producers.

KARE 11 asked Shutterfuly VP of Operations Dwayne Black why he chose Shakopee.

"Boy, if I had a dollar for every time I've been asked that today," was his first reply.

"It's about finding an area with a really great workforce and it's also about finding an area where we can service our customers better," Black said.  "Everybody has taxes, right?  I think what happened for us is that the city of Shakopee and the state of Minnesota really stepped up to the plate with the incentive package."

"I think this plant would be developing in Wisconsin rather than Minnesota if it hadn't been for the incentive financing," Dayton said.

The state provided a $1 million loan out of the Minnesota Investment Fund, an incentive tool used by the state to lure businesses.

The center will employ workers with manufacturing, printing, binding and customer service expertise. Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke said the ground breaking on the 217,000-square foot facility is just one of three he'll attend this week in his city.  He says Shakopee is looking to add 4,500 jobs over the course of the next five years.

Shutterfly executives say they spent two years looking for a Midwestern site and had narrowed it down to 10 different, competing municipalities before choosing Shakopee.

"We have really good access to transportation. We have a really highly-educated workforce and we have available land which a lot of places don't have," Tabke said.

The mayor also detailed the city's incentives.

"If they meet those job numbers, then they get their city taxes abated.  But they're still paying.  This is a huge increase in our school district taxes. Those aren't being abated and the state's aren't being abated," Tabke concluded.

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