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ROOF DAMAGE FROM SNOW STALLS FINGERHUT OPENING

Roof damage caused by 14-foot snow drifts last winter has delayed the opening of the Fingerhut Western Distribution Center.

Hiring for the 1.4 million-square-foot building was to begin in June but now will be delayed until early next year, said Jerry Miles, facilities manager. He said snow drifts last February piled up from one roof to a lower roof, which collapsed. The roof was directly over sophisticated conveying and sorting machinery, which was damaged beyond repair in the cave-in.The damaged portion of the equipment is being replaced. Miles said repairs are expected to continue well into fall.

That will delay hiring for the near-$70 million plant until early next year, he said. Only one shift will be hired at that time, consisting of about 375 workers. Miles said another shift may be hired later.