Coon Rapids Economic Development
RMS Company

RMS Company to Expand Facility, Add Jobs 

RMS Company, which currently has 711 employees in Coon Rapids and is the city's largest private employer, is expanding. A subsidiary of Cretex Companies, Inc., based in Elk River, RMS Company manufactures machined and molded components used in the medical device and aerospace industries. Located at 8600 Evergreen Boulevard since 1992, RMS completed expansions in 1998, 2006, and 2011. The proposed expansion project involves construction of a 60,000 square foot addition of manufacturing space to its 215,000 square foot Evergreen Boulevard location. The company plans to create at least 100 new jobs within two years of completing the project.

New and Expanding Businesses

  • Gordman’s (shopping & specialty retail) opened a new store, located at 3340 124th Ave. NW,  in the former Rainbow Foods space in the Riverdale Crossing shopping center.
  • Coon Rapids Pawn Shop (shopping & specialty retail) opened a new location at 1923 Coon Rapids Boulevard.
  • Cricket Wireless (computers & telecommunications) opened a new location at 12940 Riverdale Dr. #300.
  • Hope 4 Youth, (youth homelessness organization) an Anoka county non-profit, is converting a building for a drop-in center and transitional living space at 80 Coon Rapids Boulevard.
  • Financial One (credit union) at 11465 Robinson Drive is working to complete a major interior remodel.
  • Clothes Mentor (women’s clothing resale store) opened a new location at 13030 Riverdale Boulevard.
  • And just recently announced...Hobby Lobby will open a new store at Riverdale Crossing. Read more about it in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

“An Automatic Fit”
IDC-Automatic Garage Door

One of the largest residential garage door companies in the Upper Midwest is right in our backyard. Industrial Door Company was founded in 1974 by Gerry Sizer in his Elk River garage. By 1977, IDC had moved to Coon Rapids, where its headquarters remains today. In 2011, IDC acquired Champlin-based Automatic Garage Door and changed its name to IDC-Automatic Garage Door.
Sizer retired in 2000, and his children, Jeremy Sizer and Jodi Boldenow took over as owners. Since then, IDC-Automatic Garage Door has been manufacturing garage door springs in Minnesota, Ohio and Arizona, and shipping them all over the world. However, they choose to keep the garage door installation portion of their company local.

Sizer and Boldenow emphasize employee satisfaction, each year sharing five percent of IDC-Automatic Garage Door’s profits with employees, and they pass along the same message to their customers. “We have been empowered by the company owners to make the right decision for the customers and make it right. It’s that ma and pa feel that’s made us successful. Doing the right thing and rolling up your sleeves is what’s made us who we are today,” says Jenny McGrath, Director of Sales and Marketing.

IDC-Automatic Garage Door was recently awarded with the Twin Cities Business Magazine’s Top Family Business in 2015, and Top 150 Workplaces by the Star Tribune. Sizer and Boldenow have a five year plan to hit $100 million in revenue through acquisitions and expanding their company’s geographic reach, but say Coon Rapids will always be IDC-Automatic’s home base.

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Quarterly Economic Development Report

What type of business activity is going on in Coon Rapids? What are the employment numbers in Coon Rapids and what is the average wage? Find all of this information and more in the latest Coon Rapids Quarterly Economic Development Report available online.

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