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Mike Williams sands boards that will be cabinets for a stimulus-funded project in Park Rapids. Williams Construction was awarded the contract using almost exclusively local labor and materials. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Cabinetmakers find stimulus work

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Cleo Williams knew there was a downturn in the construction business. He and son, Mike, felt it deeply. The small business west of Park Rapids needed work.

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When Cleo learned of a federal stimulus project for the Park Rapids Housing and Redevelopment Authority, making kitchen and bathroom cabinets, he acted.

"There just wasn't a lot of work out there," he said.

The criteria for obtaining Recovery Act loan and grant money is simple: Buy American, make American.

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