MADISON, S.D. (July 18, 1:30 p.m. ET) — Integra Plastics Inc. is building a second facility in South Dakota that will enable it to extend beyond its converting capabilities and allow it to extrude its own product as well, according to President Mick Green.
The Madison, S.D.-based company which specializes in custom sized polyethylene and polypropylene sheeting recently broke ground on a 48,000-square-foot facility in Brandon, which is about 55 miles away. Completion is planned later in the year with full production by January 2012.
“We've never had an extruder. All we've done in the past is bring in the material and weld it together,” Green said in a telephone interview.
He said that the economic timing was right for the expansion and will fulfill a 20-year vision for the company which incorporated in 1991. It will mean hiring 14 employees for the Brandon facility and, he expects, another 20 more in Madison. The company currently has 50 employees.
The new facility in Corson Development Park will include manufacturing, storage and office space. Green said that the new location will allow for production of ready-to material as well as raw material stock that can be used in Madison. So, the building of the Brandon site will also benefit Madison and help it grow, too.
A key reason for the Brandon location is because of its transportation access via a rail spur and nearby interstate highways.
“This will address issues that have held us back. We will be able to add business,” he said.
Integra makes custom covers and liners for agricultural and environmental uses.
“Everybody has been open and supportive of our project,” Green said.
He said that the new facility came about through the efforts of state and local officials. He said that he worked the Minnehaha County Economic Development Association, the city of Brandon and the Governor's office of Economic Development.
“When entrepreneurial manufacturers expand like Integra is doing in Brandon, those jobs are a solid win for our state and for the communities involved. We're proud to have been part of this project and congratulate Mick and his entire team on this expansion,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard, in a statement.