MAKING THEIR MOVE — Dave Cone, left, and Rich Johnson of Fairmont have purchased three Culligan Water franchises and a bottling plant in southern Minnesota, and Johnson expanded his local dealership by purchasing the Culligan business in Jackson.

FAIRMONT — With so many businesses struggling in the current unstable economic situation, the purchase of four Culligan Water franchises plus a bottling plant sends a powerful message of positivity.

Rich Johnson and Dave Cone of Fairmont recently merged their lifelong friendship into Healthy Water Solutions LLC and purchased Culligan franchises in Mankato, Madelia and Redwood Falls. The acquisition included a certified bottled water plant in Madelia that produces between 15,000 and 25,000 5-gallon jugs of drinking water each month.

In a separate transaction, Johnson, a third-generation Culligan operator in Fairmont,

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