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Recognizing South Dakota's Manufacturing Industry

The first week of October can mark the end of summer or begin the countdown to Halloween, but in terms of economic development, it is a time to recognize manufacturers in our state and communities. South Dakota Manufacturing Week, held Oct. 2-6, did just that.

“We have another week-long, successful celebration of manufacturing in the books,” said GOED Commissioner Scott Stern. “Each year, this event grows more expansive and inclusive than the year before. Given that one of every 10 jobs in South Dakota are in manufacturing, the industry is a significant piece of the state’s economy and that is certainly worth celebrating.”

During manufacturing week, companies like Trail King, Larson Manufacturing and Daktronics, and communities from Belle Fourche to Yankton opened their doors to the public and/or special groups to tour their facility. Participants got a first-hand look at products, machinery and the production process, which is often more technical and sophisticated that one initially thinks.

“For years, manufacturing has had the perception associated with it that jobs are low-skill, low-pay, and unfulfilling,” said Stern. “The truth is, manufacturing companies in South Dakota and across the country are providing skilled, technical and interesting careers to their employees, all while making a major impact on the state’s economy.”

Stern says that in 2016, manufacturers in South Dakota had a total output of $4.45 billion, which is more than 9 percent of the state’s total gross domestic product. Payroll for manufacturing jobs totals $1.9 billion.

Next year’s South Dakota Manufacturing Week will be Oct. 1-5, 2018. To get involved, please contact Natalie Likness, Media Relations Coordinator, at

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Check out GOED's series success stories from South Dakota manufacturing companies. These were originally released during 2017 South Dakota Manufacturing Week.

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