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Tuesday P.M. Report

Delta plans Twin Cities-to-Mexico City route, road contractor Hardrives buys competitor Tower Asphalt, rebuilt Burnsville apartment complex to open, and Marvin Windows and Doors — and siding?

Delta plans Twin Cities-to-Mexico City route: Delta Air Lines is planning to launch direct service between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Mexico City later this year. Atlanta-based Delta plans to begin offering daily, year-round service Dec. 1, serving the route with a 124-seat Airbus A319 aircraft. The plane will have 16 first-class seats and 108 economy class seats. Read full story

Road contractor Hardrives buys competitor Tower Asphalt: Hardrives Inc. has purchased Tower Asphalt, a Lakeland-based company with about 85 employees. Hardrives, based in Rogers, and Tower had competed for many of the same highway projects in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. The majority of Tower’s work was in the East Metro. Hardrives CEO and President Steve Hall said the acquisition will significantly boost Hardrives’ revenue over the next few years. Read full story

Rebuilt Burnsville apartment complex marks opening: The owner of an apartment building in Burnsville that burned down just before Christmas 2008 will celebrate the completion of a replacement building Thursday. The Goodman Group, a Chaska-based firm, owns the complex. The cause of the fire at the formerly named Burncliff Apartments East was traced to an electrical short in a third-floor laundry room. Read full story

Marvin Windows and Doors — and siding? Marvin Windows and Doors launched a new line of exterior siding Monday, its first new business outside of its traditional windows and door market. It’s called Apex Siding System and uses the same sort of fiberglass that Marvin uses in its fiberglass window products. It’s offering the siding as an alternative to natural wood siding or vinyl. The company also says the product will reduce rot and mold and resist fading and warping. Read full story