Kahler Automation initially outgrew a 9,200 square foot space when they began looking at expansion options which would assist in job creation as well as real estate development. In 2006, the City of Fairmont gave Kahler Automation 3.6 acres in order for them to build a new 20,000 square foot building which allowed for additional manufacturing and office space. Not only that, the City also provided a low interest loan, the city’s virtual building plans which saved architectural and engineering costs, and JOBZ (which Kahler Automation eventually rescinded due to prevailing wage requirements). This project allowed Kahler to expand from the 20 employees that moved into the new building.
In 2012, Kahler Automation, with 49 employees needed to expand again. This time, the addition would be 15,000 square feet. The City of Fairmont was able to use Tax Increment Financing to assist in the expansion.
Today, Kahler Automation has over 80 employees.
Fairmont, MN 56031