Manufacturing

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Manufacturing is the largest wealth generating industry in South Dakota, and with new technologies lowering the cost and increasing the rate of production, many experts project these numbers only to climb. However, the industry doesn't only produce a lot of wealth, according to 2019 BLS information, around 1 in 10 South Dakotans work in the industry.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

A new program is giving Rapid City high schoolers a taste of the manufacturing industry. The partnership between Stevens High School and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is being called a modern revival of shop class.

The design for manufacturing partnership began when School of Mines mechanical engineering instructor Aaron Lalley met Stevens High School teacher Jason Reub through a manufacturing summer camp a few years ago. Lalley says Reub was already bringing some manufacturing skills into his classroom, and the partnership seemed natural.

Innovation: Students Learn About Manufacturing

Dec 9, 2016
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Ten middle school teams were recently paired with different manufacturing companies to learn about different advanced manufacturing careers. The teams of six students spent a half day at their assigned company filming and interviewing various employees to find out what they liked about their jobs. By the end of January, the teams will submit their videos for a contest, explaining what they think is cool about manufacturing. The winners will enjoy an awards ceremony.

The parent company of a large meatpacking operation in Sioux Falls is selling to a Chinese business. The CEO of Smithfield Foods says people who are with John Morrell in Sioux Falls and other plants should embrace the opportunity.

Chinese pork producer Shuanghi is investing billions of dollars to purchase America’s Smithfield foods. Smithfield employs 46,000 people. Smithfield’s President and CEO Larry Pope says workers and farmers should not worry about downsizing, because Shuanghi is not moving operations to China.