Fastenal getting new office facility in downtown Winona

A $21 billion industrial supply company is expanding.

At the Winona City Hall, Opportunity Winona, a private-public redevelopment program, announced the design for a new office building that will be built at the intersection of Second and Washington streets in downtown Winona.

“Extremely excited,” Fastenal President & CEO Dan Florness said. “We think it’s a great opportunity for the community. We think it’s a great opportunity for Fastenal.”

About 1,000 employees in Winona work in an office setting.

400 of them will work in the new building when it’s completed.

The building will be able to house up to 600 office workers.

Florness says it is not just current office workers getting opportunites.

“I believe it’ll help us recruit,” Florness said. “I believe it will help us be more productive. It will also as I mentioned, as we grow we need more room. It will provide that opportunity for that space of the future.”

Winona Mayor Mark Peterson could not be happier.

“I’m feeling great,” Peterson said. “I mean, this is huge. It’s a day we’ve been waiting for some time now. It’s fun to finally roll it out and see the designs. And it just makes it that much more real.”

Fastenal is Winona’s largest employer with about 1,800 workers.

“Fastenal has done tremendously well and I think they’re gonna continue to do that,” Peterson said.

For Peterson, the new building means that much more for him going forward.

“I love our downtown,” Peterson said. “I love our historic architecture. But I also want our downtown to thrive.”

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