A Whole New World for Manufacturing Can Be Found in Wall, SD
6 Oct 2023
Contemporary manufacturing in 2023 defies the notion that monotonous tasks are done in hot, dirty warehouses. Today’s manufacturing jobs rely on a highly-skilled workforce equipped with technology, engineering, problem solving, and leadership skills to be able to meet the demand for today’s distinct products and services. And it’s important for these manufacturing companies to find a home base that gives them access to a skilled workforce and plenty of resources to help them thrive.
Wall, SD, is home to manufacturing companies producing goods using the latest technologies and raw materials. Kicking off on Manufacturing Day — Friday, October 6 — and continuing throughout the month, we at Wall Economic Development Corporation celebrate these companies’ employment opportunities and innovations that grow our economy.
Manufacturing Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions nationwide to open their doors to students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. Manufacturing careers are full of opportunities for exciting endeavors, personal advancement and stability.
“There’s no such thing as a low-skilled job in manufacturing anymore,” NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray said in a 2023 Industry Outlook article for Manufacturing Dive.
Today’s typical manufacturing roles incorporate the latest technology like artificial intelligence, cloud computing and robotics into existing processes, quality control and problem-solving techniques. Additionally, sustainability is quickly becoming a focused aspect of manufacturing as companies seek to find ways to produce customary items in manners that coexist positively with their natural environment.
Wall has Numerous Benefits for Manufacturing Companies.
Wall offers several advantages to national and global manufacturing companies. Robust transportation access in Wall offers businesses the ability to receive raw materials and ship finished products quickly and efficiently to and from major markets throughout the country.
The longest interstate in the country, I-90, which stretches over 3,000 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, passes through Wall, providing easy access to most of the country with just a two-day drive. Additionally, the entrance to U.S. 14 is just a mile east of Wall. U.S. 14 runs parallel to I-90 and runs from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
Wall offers proximity to key railways, including the RCPE operated by Genesee and Wyoming, as well as Canadian Pacific Railways. These rail connections offer access to a vast network covering the U.S. and extending into southern Canada. Additionally, you’ll find the Wall Municipal Airport just outside of the town. If a larger carrier is needed, the Rapid City Regional Airport is just 55 miles west and is serviced by Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, and United Airlines.
Utilities and Services
Businesses also benefit from a range of resources and utilities to support their operations. Electricity is serviced by the West River Electric Association (WREA), a nonprofit energy cooperative that is dedicated to providing its member-owners with the best service at the lowest possible price. Water, sewer, and waste management are serviced by the City of Wall. Telecommunications services are provided by the Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, another member owned organization, allowing businesses and citizens to reap the benefits of an independent, locally-operated company.
Build Your Business in Wall
Sites and buildings are available for manufacturing companies looking to expand. The Wall Industrial Park offers close proximity to I-90, large lots, and local economic incentives for businesses looking to expand. Businesses have the room they need to grow, and local economic developers are available to make it easy to find the perfect location.
Wall’s workforce is equipped with skill sets to benefit the manufacturing industry. Additionally, area higher education institutions and trade schools provide opportunities for businesses to develop their employees and reach a new generation of workers entering the workforce. Western Dakota Technical College in Rapid City offers manufacturing-specific programs, like welding and fabrication and machining technology, while South Dakota School of Mines and Technology offers a variety of engineering programs. You’ll find even more higher education institutions within an hour’s drive of Wall.
Leaders in Wall
Many manufacturers have realized success due to the favorable economic environment in Wall. These manufacturers, like Dakota Mill and Grain and the Wall Meat Processing Plant, are leaders in combining the latest technology and good workplace practices to produce high quality products and consistently innovate to progress their industries. Wall Economic Development Corporation is proud that these companies have made their home here.
South Dakota is a State for Manufacturing Growth
Manufacturing’s importance in Wall and throughout South Dakota comes from its stability and growth, ultimately creating jobs and economic opportunities for local communities. Manufacturing contributes nearly $5 billion to the Gross South Dakota Product annually, 8.23 percent of the total Gross Product, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Other significant data includes:
- South Dakota exported $1.73 billion in manufacturing goods in 2021.
- Manufacturing companies employ 10.18 percent of South Dakota’s workforce, with over 44,000 employees.
- The average annual compensation for manufacturing employees is $66,842.
Showcase your Manufacturing Operation
Manufacturing Day is an opportunity to help your community become more familiar with the possibilities present at your company. Hosting an event helps highlight the reality of modern manufacturing careers to your future workforce and those who can assist your development - students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. Utilize the Manufacturing Institute’s toolkit to help plan tours, send invitations and develop promotions.
Wall Economic Development Corporation understands the vital importance manufacturing has in Wall. Contact us today to learn more about manufacturing opportunities!