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Thelen Cabinets was the first business to move to the industrial park in 1990. It was another two or three years before another building moved in. Currently it occupies an 18,000 square foot building.

He grew from garage to groundbreaker

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Back in his earliest days as a business owner in 1977 Jeff Thelen would wait each morning for the trucks to pull out of the garage at his father's plumbing business so he could roll his woodworking equipment out into the space they'd just vacated. He'd work most of the day, then, around 3 p.m., roll everything back out of the way, sweep up the sawdust and call it a day.

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Nathan Hansen
Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.
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