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Central States Manufacturing to Locate in Hartford
Friday, April 13, 2012

PIERRE, S.D. – Arkansas-based Central States Manufacturing, a manufacturer and distributor of metal building products, plans to expand its operations to Hartford, S.D.
 
The expansion will create up to 40 jobs in the next three years, making Central States Manufacturing the largest private employer in Hartford.
 
The company plans to construct a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on a 10-acre plot.

“The land was identified for economic development, and Central States Manufacturing will now serve as the anchor in a new industrial park,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard said. “I hope this expansion will serve as a catalyst for additional development in the Hartford area.”
 
The Hartford location will be the sixth company expansion since opening its doors in 1988. Headquartered in Lowell, Arkansas, Central States Manufacturing also has operations in Michigan City, Indiana; Cedar Hill, Texas; Jasper, Alabama; and Mount Airy, North Carolina.
 
The decision to locate in Hartford was made after the company did a multi-state search for a location in the northern Great Plains region.
“The decision to open our sixth manufacturing plant in Hartford, S.D., was influenced by the agricultural focus in the region, as well as its recent and projected growth,” said Donna Leger, President, Central States Manufacturing. 

“In order to provide our customers with the best service and for us to extend our delivery service north, an additional manufacturing facility was needed.  We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to supporting the growth of the northern Great Plains and the community of Hartford,” she said.

South Dakota’s central location, solid business climate and availability of skilled workers made Hartford an ideal location. The state of South Dakota also will provide workforce development funds to help train new employees at the Hartford facility.
With the land purchase agreement signed, officials in Hartford are ready to welcome the new company, which is scheduled to be operational in early 2013.

“On behalf of the City of Hartford, I would like to welcome Central States Manufacturing to our community, and we thank them for selecting our city,” said Hartford Mayor Paul Zimmer.

Zimmer said this was a real team effort, citing a partnership among the company, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Hartford Area Economic Development Corporation, and the City of Hartford.


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