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City of Willmar awards bid for sanitary sewer extension project for Epitopix

Epitopix asked the city to extend municipal utilities to its property on 45th Street Northwest in order to expand its vaccine production capabilities.

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Bids were awarded to complete a sewer expansion project to the Epitopix manufacturing plant on 45th Street Northwest, just west of the city of Willmar.
Shelby Lindrud / West Central Tribune
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WILLMAR — The sanitary sewer extension project for Epitopix was awarded to Landwehr Construction at the June 6 meeting of the Willmar City Council.

Epitopix requested the extension of Willmar's municipal utilities to serve its property located on 45th Street Northwest, allowing for the veterinary vaccine production facility to complete a large expansion of the business.

The city received eight bids for the project, all of which came in under the city engineer’s estimated cost of approximately $1.86 million. Landwehr’s bid was approximately $1.36 million,or $501,334 less than the city engineer’s estimated cost, according to Jared Voge, city engineer with Bolton & Menk.

More on municipal utility services to Epitopix
The Willmar City Council approved bids for street reconstruction projects and the airport apron expansion project at the April 4 meeting. Council members also gave their permission for the street and parking lot overlay projects and the Epitopix water and sanitary sewer improvements to go out to bids.
Epitopix, a producer of animal vaccines in Willmar, wants to invest $15 million into the company along with bringing over a dozen high-paying jobs to the city. To make this growth possible, the manufacturing plant on the west side of town needs to be connected to Willmar city sewer and water. The state has approved a $1.3 million grant to the city to extend sewer to the plant. Epitopix and Willmar will partner to bring water to the site.
WILLMAR - Epitopix of Willmar has been sold to Vaxxinova, a Netherlands-based company specializing in animal health. Epitopix is a vaccine research and development company based on the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar. It is owned by the Wil...

The sewer extension is being paid for almost entirely by a $1.3 million Innovative Business Development Public Infrastructure grant from the state. The cost of the water main and stormwater extension will be funded through bonding, city wastewater funds and from Epitopix.

The extension of city municipal services to Epitopix is expected to be complete by the end of 2022.

Jennifer Kotila is a reporter for West Central Tribune of Willmar, Minnesota. She focuses on local government, specifically the City of Willmar, and business.

She can be reached via email at: jkotila@wctrib.com or phone at 320-214-4339.
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