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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