MRG Tool & Die Corp.

Permeable pavers allow a growing company to expand parking while protecting a nearby river

MRG Tool and Die Corp. in Faribault, MN, wanted to double the size of its manufacturing facility. But because the company sits within 1,000 feet of Faribault Lake, a reservoir on the scenic Cannon River, county zoning regulations required the company to reduce the amount of impermeable surfaces on its property. The solution? Willow Creek Aqua-Loc™ permeable pavers.

The lot was designed by I & S Group of Faribault, and J.D. Rynders Inc. of Prior Lake, MN, installed 20,000 square feet of Willow Creek Aqua-Loc Permeable Pavers on the company’s new parking lot The choice of a permeable paver lot met local zoning requirements that included impervious surface limits to protect surrounding water quality.

CEO Mike Gramse said that the company considered permeable asphalt as an alternative, but since he was unsure that the product was time-test and proven, the company chose permeable pavers instead. In addition, Gramse says, the Aqua-Loc pavers are more attractive that a lot of asphalt or concrete.

The company occupied its expanded facility in October, and the parking lot was put to the test in September. Up to 10 inches of rain fell on the site in a single day, but Gramse didn’t have to worry about flooding.

“There was no water sitting in the parking lot. It ran through like it was supposed to,” Gramse said. “So far, it’s working out real good. It’s holding up well. We get a lot of nice compliments on it.”

In the event the company is faced with future expansion needs, he concludes, “I would use permeable pavings stones again in order to make the best use of the property.”

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About the Project

Faribault, MN
MRG Tool and Die Corporation
I & S Design Group, Faribault, MN
J. D. Rynders Inc., Prior Lake, MN
Willow Creek Concrete Products, Oakdale, MN
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