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.

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Summer 2014
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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.

Monday, January 27, 2014

eNews | December/January 2014

December/January 2014

WADC celebrates 2013 successes, looks forward to 2014 opportunities
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FARM SHOW: Unveiling 3-D Webster Model
We are pleased to unveil SDSU Architecture's 3-D model of Main Street Webster at the Day County Farm, Home & Sport Show… READ MORE >>

EVENTS: More excitement on the way!
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