Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2016 Annual Meeting

It's been another great year for Day County, South Dakota!

Our 2016 Annual Meeting was held on January 10, 2017. View the slideshow for highlights, and contact us for more information at (605) 345-3159.

Monday, August 29, 2016

My Summer at Webster Area Development Corporation

By Shala Larson, 2013 Webster Area High School Alumna

“What’re you doing this summer?” someone asks. I’m 21, a college senior; last year I was in Washington, D.C. and have been to South Africa and Peru. I say I’m going to work on development in my hometown. They respond, “Wait, what?”

Yes, the adventurer who swore she’d never spend another summer at home landed herself back in the land of number 22 license plates, fishing tournaments and more cows than people. Why? Because sometimes you need to better understand where you come from before you can start your future. 
Over the past three months I’ve gained know­ledge as Day County’s interm development coordinator, learning things like how to write meeting minutes, manage an office, plan events, market on a budget, how to make a budget, coordinate volunteers, pinpoint areas of improvement and take initiative to tackle projects. I also learned what economic development really looks like. This was introduced on a small town scale which was best for me to learn from – expecially being a young person with no experience in a job like this.

Since I graduated from Webster Area High School in 2013, numerous things have been added or improved; businesses like Perfect Pickins, Dollar General, Wants Warehouse, Shopko Hometown and Marcy Lucy Boutique have opened, a new track and football field have popped up, the swimming pool has been improved and there’s a potential walking/biking path in the works. 

That’s a lot of change in three years for a town of 1,800! I was shocked by how our town is moving and shaking, improving the quality of life for residents and prospective citizens. Now I see why the Webster Area Development Corporation wants alumni to move back. I may be an adventurer but I feel confident one day I would possibily move back, or to a similar place. 

I dream of working for a non-profit, teaching others to be self-sufficient using agriculture and my goal this summer was to learn about community development. What better place to learn but where my roots are attached, my heart lies and my childhood memories are located.

Thanks for the summer and lessons. Here’s to a lifetime fighting the good fight.
- Shala

Note: Shala was WADC's Development Assistant from May to August 2016. We appreciated the fresh ideas, energy and time she spent with us! Thank you, Shala!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Webster secures primary laydown yard and office for BSSE project

Webster Area Development Corporation (WADC) is pleased to announce that Webster will play a large part in the 2016-2019 construction of the Big Stone South to Ellendale (BSSE) Transmission Line by Otter Tail Power Company and Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.

“This is a great opportunity for Day County,” said Tom Sannes, WADC board president. “The county will receive thousands of dollars in new property tax revenue annually, and the construction will create new job opportunities and boost the local economy.”

The BSSE project’s primary construction “laydown” yard will be located on the 90 acres north of Commerce Lane in Webster Industrial Park. With the help of City of Webster and Webster Scale, WADC recently constructed a new road to provide direct access to SD Hwy-25, which will not only be advantageous for BSSE but also for future development of the industrial park.

 “We are thrilled that Otter Tail Power Company and Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. have chosen Webster to host their main laydown yard and offices,” said Melissa Waldner, WADC executive director. “Webster has the perfect location and amenities to accommodate the needs of the BSSE project and its staff.”

In addition, the Lake Region Business Center will host the BSSE field office at 1209 Main Street, Webster, including 3-4 offices and a large meeting area for frequent project meetings. Renovations will be completed by the end of the year.

Construction of the new 345-kV transmission line will include the installation of 753 single-pole structures. The line will cross 162 miles to connect two new substations in Big Stone City, SD, and Ellendale, ND. Right-of-way land preparations began this fall, and construction will ramp up in 2016 for about two years. Planning has been ongoing since 2008 for the transmission line, estimated to cost between $293-370 million.

Webster Scale was recently selected as the successful bidder to construct the main laydown yard in Webster Industrial Park as well as the two smaller laydown yards near Milbank and Frederick. Webster Scale will also serve as the road access contractor throughout the project area.

As owners of the BSSE line, Otter Tail Power Company and Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. estimate they will pay Day County between $535,000-755,000 annually for property taxes after purchasing land rights to install 236 structures in rural Day County. The companies will also boost area schools through tax payments.

“The City of Webster welcomes all from the BSSE project to the community!” said Mayor Mike Grosek. “Webster has become busier each year with new businesses and community projects. We are fortunate to add a multi-million dollar project like BSSE to the mix.”

Local businesses that provide lodging, meals, fuel and other consumer goods and services will see an increase in traffic and sales during the construction period due to new workers in town as well as managers visiting for meetings at the Business Center.

WADC will partner with Webster Area Chamber of Commerce and City of Webster to provide welcome guides to all contractors and workers involved in the BSSE project.

“The Webster Area Development Corporation has been proactive on this project,” said Cris Oehler, project spokesperson and Vice President of Public Relations at Otter Tail Power Company. “They understand the value the project will bring to the area and have been advocates for their community and its resources. We appreciate their welcome and assistance, and we look forward to continuing this partnership.”

For more information, visit BSSETransmissionLine.com or call 1-888-283-4678.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Webster Experiencing Economic Uptick

"I'll definitely be living in South Dakota sometime soon," said the 20-year-old [Katrina Eszlinger]. "People are so friendly here. I think I'll either be in Webster or maybe Aberdeen. In California, if you try talking to a stranger, they'll yell at you. Here, anyone will talk to anyone." 

Read the full story from Aberdeen American News > 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Anderson Industries expands to Webster

Webster Area Development Corporation is pleased to announce that Anderson Industries, an innovative agricultural manufacturing company, will expand operations to Webster this fall and create 50 new jobs for the area.

“We are glad Kory has chosen to come back to Day County to grow his business,” said Dave Hahler, board vice-president for Webster Area Development Corporation (WADC). “The former Dakota Tube building is the perfect location for Anderson Industries, one with plenty of room to grow.”

WADC has been working with Kory Anderson, a dynamic young leader and entrepreneur originally from Andover, since December 2013.

“Kory Anderson is a brilliant young man of great character with a tremendous sense of vision for business. Kory has a multitude of appreciation and passion for the well-being of his employees, and individuals of his caliber are few and far between. The Webster area is extremely fortunate to have this caliber of individual expand and grow his business in our community,” said Doug Valsvig, Executive Vice President of Dakota Foundry.

Anderson had been encouraged by Valsvig and Josh Bartos to expand in Webster for years, and WADC was pleased to have the two Dakota Foundry leaders involved in the project’s recent success.

“WADC has done a tremendous job and gone above and beyond in attracting Kory Anderson to expand in our community,” said Bartos, Vice President and Operations Manager at Dakota Foundry.

“Both Josh and I extend a heartfelt thanks to Dave Hahler, Tom Sannes, Dan Menking, and Melissa Fose—among others—for their countless hours of effort and hard work on this opportunity. WADC and these individuals need to be commended for seeing this through to fruition. Without them, this would not have been possible,” added Valsvig.

In addition to inventing products that make customers more profitable by making their processes more efficient, Anderson Industries has several products, including: Fuel Horse, Torpedo Hitch, Disc Leveler, Opener, Sprayer Jack, Rip Saw Wheel Loader, and Wheel Loader Grapple.

“We are very excited to be expanding our business into Webster, SD. We are planning to relocate some current employees into the community from our other facilities as well as create around 50 new jobs over the next couple years,” said Anderson. “Webster is a great community with many attractions and we look forward to being a long-term supporter of the growth and development of the community.”

The company has seen tremendous growth since founded by Kory Anderson in 2006 as an on-site heavy equipment repair business operating out of his garage in Andover, at just the age of 22. Two years later, the company began manufacturing foundry patterns and tooling.

Following a 2009 expansion to Aberdeen, Anderson Industries increased work in metal fabrication and production machining, and purchased the product lines of Anderson Machine Company, founded by his father, Kevin Anderson.

Upon the acquisition of a North Dakota manufacturer in 2011, the company headquarters moved to Mapleton, ND.  A third location was added in West Fargo, ND, in 2013 as “The Manufacturing Innovation Center,” dedicated to research and development of new products for Anderson Industries.

Several employees are needed for new Webster facility, including: Manufacturing Engineer, Welders, Tackers, General Labor and Shipping/Receiving Clerk. Training will begin mid-August at the Aberdeen location.

For more information, visit www.Anderson-Industries.com or www.DayCountyJobs.com.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Jobs stay in Webster with local sale of PowderTech Corporation

Stacey Traylor, Clyde Fosheim and Terry Traylor finalized the purchase of PowderTech Corporation in late May, stepping up to become entrepreneurs and keeping 16 jobs in Webster.

“Webster Area Development Corporation, Day County Champion Community and City of Webster support these entrepreneurs as they help Webster retain a local business and jobs, and make positive changes that will benefit the employees and Webster area,” said Melissa Fose, executive director of WADC and DCCC.

The transition has been smooth, with a new name—Glacial Lakes Finishing, Inc.—but no lag in production. All employees reapplied to stay with the business, and several outside applications were also received.

“Both customers and employees have been very receptive and positive during this transition period,” said Stacey Traylor, President of Glacial Lakes Finishing, Inc. “Current business has increased the past few days and customer forecasts are on the rise,” she added.

Glacial Lakes Finishing, Inc. took ownership June 1, starting with one part-time and 12 full-time employees in addition to the three’s management positions. The new owners hope to add 6-8 employees by the end of 2014.

“The new owners are not strangers to the metal finishing business, and most of you know them,” former owner, Ann Brown, wrote in a letter to all PowderTech customers.

The Traylors and Fosheim have a combined 29 years of experience in the powder coating business, with a wide range of skills that complement each other well. The business will offer powder coating, mechanical finishing, conversion coating, remanufacturing and sub-assembly services to its current and new customers in the Midwest.

“Our mission is to become an exceedingly competitive and profitable powder coating company, while developing highly skilled team members, and constantly working to improve quality,” S. Traylor said.