PIERRE, S.D.(KELO-AM) – ALCOM, LLC., a Maine-based manufacturer of aluminum trailers, is expanding its operations to Sioux Falls, SD, a move which will create 20 jobs initially and up to 180 jobs in the next three years, according to Governor’s Office of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Costello.
“ALCOM has experienced significant growth in the last several years and South Dakota had what it needed in terms of building and workforce availability, central location and a pro-business climate,” said Costello. He also noted that the state will provide $90,000 in workforce development money to assist with eligible training costs. “We want to do all we can to help this company get up and running as quickly as possible.”
“We are very excited about our expansion to Sioux Falls. We chose this area for the excellent workforce, the ability to better support our dealer networks, the increasing need for our products in the region and the business climate,” said Trapper Clark, CEO, ALCOM, LLC. “Last year we opened a plant in Missoula, Mont., and currently employ around 70 people there. We also have 250 employees in our Maine facility. We hope to recreate that same level of success here in Sioux Falls. At this point, we are in the middle of building renovations, posting ads for some of the management positions, and then we are going to crank this plant up and start producing trailers.”
“We are excited about acquiring new manufacturing jobs in the Sioux Falls area,” said Dean Dziedzic, director of Strategic Initiatives, Sioux Falls Development Foundation. “This company has an excellent work culture and a strong history of employee retention making it an excellent fit for our community.”
Dennis Breske, broker and owner of NAI Sioux Falls, worked closely with the company to locate in the 54,000 square foot former Balance Systems, Inc. building. “This is a good, strong company with a solid plan in place for the future. We looked at buildings all over eastern South Dakota and this building was the best fit,” he said.
The company hopes to be operational in early April. Jobs are posted on SDJobs.org and Keloland.com.