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AGP Breaks Ground in Aberdeen

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard, AGP CEO Keith Spacker, corporate officials and local dignitaries were on hand as AGP broke ground on a new soybean processing facility in Aberdeen. Photo credits: John Davis, Aberdeen American News.

Ag Processing, Inc., broke ground on its new soybean processing facility in Aberdeen last week.  The plant is expected to process the equivalent of 20 percent of South Dakota's annual soybean production, which will create a new market and demand, increasing prices for local growers. 

The project's construction is expected to have a $200 million economic impact on the region, and the overall economic impact will be much greater as it will support all aspects of agricultural production. AGP plans to hire approximately 50 full-time employees. 

"We are thrilled that AGP chose Aberdeen for this project. The company's decision to expand is a major win - not only for the city of  Aberdeen, but for the state of South Dakota as well," said GOED Commissioner Scott Stern.

The plant will sit on all 292 acres of the Whitewood Industrial Park, which is a South Dakota Certified Ready site. 

Stern says there is no question that enrollment in the program helped play a key role in facilitating the expansion decision.

"Aberdeen recognized the value of this program early and had the foresight to certify its industrial parks to ensure that when the right project came along, as it did with AGP, they could respond quickly and efficiently—giving reasonable assurances that its sites were vetted and ready for development," Stern said.

After AGP processes the soybeans, a portion of the soybean meal will be sold to local producers. The remainder will be exported to markets in southeast Asia.

"Agriculture remains the backbone of South Dakota’s economy, and bringing opportunities to add value to our farmers’ agricultural products right here in South Dakota is an important priority for the state," Stern concluded.

Foundation Park Lands First Project

Win Chill, LLC, a 205,000 square foot, full-service refrigerated foods warehouse and distribution center, will be the first project built in Foundation Park. The company is acquiring a 54-acre site from the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.

Initial designs include thousands of pallet positions to support food manufacturing customers in a four-state region, with the ability to add capacity to the operation as customer needs increase. Important services of the Win Chill facility include the QF+ In-Rack Freezing system, a blast freezing technology created by Tippmann Innovations, along with high-density pallet storage and the capability to handle multiple truckloads of products on a daily basis. The company expects to employ 30 to 35 individuals in the first phase of Win Chill’s operation.


Conference Wrap Up

The GOED hosted the 2017 Governor's Economic Development Conference in April. Below, find links to the presentations from each of our sessions. 
The 2018 conference will be Thursday, April 12 in Sioux Falls.

Governor's Economic Development Conference

  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Carol Rae of Rapid City
  • Excellence in Economic Development: Rodney Fouberg of Aberdeen
  • Community of the Year: Fort Pierre

Mark Your Calendar

The 2018 Governor's Economic Development Conference will be Thursday, April 12 in Sioux Falls.

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