A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday marked a potential for new beginnings for St. James and Great River Energy.

Great River’s new facility is in the industrial park on the outskirts of St. James and adds seven jobs immediately, with for of those being relocated from Mankato. Both Great River and St. James plan for more openings in the future.

The Economic Development Authority built the structure with no solid plans as to who would use the space. The city of St. James then reached out to Great River last April about purchasing the 21,000 square foot building. The space will hold vehicles and other equipment for Great River Energy’s line technicians, telecommunications, and metering employees.

The EDA hired Wilcon Construction to manage the project, draw plans, take bids and manage contracts. The city also hopes the introduction of a new business in the industrial park will kickstart more growth in St. James’ industry.

Great River Energy provides coverage to 2/3 of the geographic area of Minnesota, as well as parts of Wisconsin. It is the second largest electric power supplier in the state and one of the largest in the country.