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Construction begins on Central States Manufacturing in Hartford


Company President Donna Leger speaks at the Central States Manufacturing groundbreaking in Hartford.

Arkansas-based Central States Manufacturing, a manufacturer and distributor of metal building products, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction for its operations in Hartford. The company is building a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on a 10-acre plot, creating up to 40 jobs in the next three years.

“The decision to open our sixth manufacturing plant in Hartford, SD was influenced by the agricultural focus in the region, as well as its recent and projected growth,” said Donna Leger, President of Central States Manufacturing.  “We feel that Hartford’s proactive business stance, strong desire for growth, and community values combined with its easy access to not only major freeways but also a larger metropolitan area such as Sioux Falls are the perfect environment for the location of a Central States facility.” 

South Dakota’s central location, solid business climate and availability of skilled workers made Hartford an ideal location. In addition, South Dakota will provide workforce development funds to help train new employees at the Hartford facility.

Local officials said that the location of Central States occurred through a close partnership among the company, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Minnehaha County Economic Development Association, Hartford Area Development Corporation and the City of Hartford.

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