Dan Chisholm, L&M president, said the decision to build in South Dakota was made after exploring options to expand in Minnesota, Iowa and other states.
"It was important for us to have a partnership with metal fabricators that could meet our needs.The labor force was also a consideration.The South Dakota option kept surfacing as the best solution for us," said Chisholm
currently employs about 250 people in Hibbing, MN.The new plant in Yankton will grow to 80 employees within three years, according to Chisholm
."We've been well received in Yankton and assisted by the Yankton Office of Economic Development
in our location selection.We're impressed with the available skilled labor force that shares our Minnesota work ethic.We will be able to draw employees from Yankton and the surrounding communities." Chisholm
said the build-out of the Yankton spec building for the new plant, 40,000 square feet of manufacturing space, will commence as soon as possible and be fully operational in early spring.
said 2006 worldwide sales totaled $55 million.