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SBD/November 25, 2013/Facilities
Vikings Add $25M To Stadium Construction Budget, Pushing Total Over $1B
Published November 25, 2013
WHY BUY LOCAL? The AP's Brian Bakst reported Minnesota state lawmakers have "made clear they want northern Minnesota's Iron Range to be a major player" in providing the steel that will "make up the stadium skeleton and hold up the translucent roof." But Mortenson Construction Senior VP John Wood told the MSFA that some high-grade steel "will be imported from Europe, particularly the long beams that will hold the roof up." He said that company officials were "placing an order with a Luxembourg manufacturer that is a global provider of the extra-strength steel." Former state Rep. Tom Rukavina is "annoyed that the building requires an overseas shipment." Rukavina: "That, to me, is sinful is what it is. Looking outside the country is disturbing to me." But Bakst noted the steel structure will "have a Minnesota component," as one subcontractor is Minneapolis-based LeJeune Steel Co., which will "place the steel order, cut the pieces down to size and prepare any connections needed for installation" (AP, 11/23).