Gov. Tim Pawlenty was in Hutchinson, Minn., Wednesday to visit a new company that makes cranes for nuclear power plants.
The NuCrane Manufacturing plant, on Hwy. 7 on the west end of Hutchinson, will employ 50 people within five years, according to the Hutchinson Leader. Partners in the venture are Hutchinson Manufacturing and PaR Nuclear, a Shoreview-based subsidiary of Westinghouse Inc.
The paper noted that company officials urged the governor to support the lifting of Minnesota’s moratorian on further development of nuclear power plants. Pawlenty was receptive.
“We think Minnesota should be open to more nuclear expansion,” the governor said.