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IRRRB OKs investment in dental firm in Gilbert

The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board on Friday approved a $2 million capital investment in the expansion of the DeCare Dental facility in Gilbert, a move company officials say will create 120 new full-time jobs.

The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board on Friday approved a $2 million capital investment in the expansion of the DeCare Dental facility in Gilbert, a move company officials say will create 120 new full-time jobs.

DeCare, one of the nation's largest dental benefit management companies, provides customer service, claims service, sales support and other services for insurance companies. It currently employs 158 people in Gilbert. The IRRRB investment, as reported in the News Tribune on Wednesday, will go toward a 10,260-square-foot expansion of the company's building. DeCare leases that building from the IRRRB.

Friday's meeting was held in St. Paul, in part to accommodate board members who had to be at the State Capitol for the end of the legislative session.

  • In other business Friday, the IRRRB approved a $650,000 investment in the $3.1 million expansion of Ellefson Off Highway, a mining equipment parts vendor in Iron. The company plans to construct two new buildings, totaling about 11,500 square feet, and expects to add nine jobs to its work force of 13.
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