Integra Plastics Inc. is building a second facility in South Dakota that will let it extend beyond its converting capabilities and extrude its own product as well, according to President Mick Green.
The Madison, S.D., company, which makes custom-sized polyethylene and polypropylene sheet, recently broke ground on a 48,000-square-foot facility in Brandon, S.D., about 55 miles away. The plant should be completed this year and full production should begin by January, Green said.
“We've never had an extruder. All we've done in the past is bring in the material and weld it together,” he said in a phone interview.
The economic timing is right for the expansion, Green said, 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 will include manufacturing, storage and office space and will allow for production of “ready-to” material as well as raw material stock that can be used in Madison.
A key reason for selecting Brandon was its access to 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.
The new facility came about through the efforts of state and local officials. Green said he worked with 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,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard said in a statement.