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Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in South Dakota

Posted by IndustrySelect on Tuesday, January 23, 2024


Above: A worker at 3M in Aberdeen packages respirators. 3M's Abderdeen played a crucial role in the worst months of the COVID-19 pandemic, producing more than 70 million masks per month. Photo: 3M

South Dakota’s tax climate ranks among the best in the U.S and has a strong manufacturing economy. The state’s abundant natural resources attract a wide range of agricultural and food processing enterprises. Yet, it is also home to some big names in medical device manufacturing, wood products, packaging and more.

Let’s take a look at the latest facts on South Dakota’s industrial sector and explore the state’s ten largest companies.

Key Facts on South Dakota’s Manufacturing Sector

According to MNI, compiler of the industrial information that powers IndustrySelect, South Dakota is currently home to 1,155 manufacturers employing 51,333 workers.

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MNI reports Sioux Falls is South Dakota’s largest city based on number of industrial jobs, with 12,996 workers.

Read more: Top Manufacturing Cities in the U.S.

Other top cities in South Dakota include

Watertown (3,641 jobs)
Yankton (3,497 jobs)
Aberdeen (3,430 jobs)
Brookings (3,163 jobs)

Minnehaha County is South Dakota’s largest in terms of industrial jobs, home to 17,849 workers. This is followed by Brookings County with 5,006 workers, Codington County (4,205 jobs), Pennington County (4,154 jobs) and Beadle County (3,286 jobs).

The food processing industry is South Dakota’s largest in terms of employment, accounting for 22% of the state’s industrial workforce. This is followed by industrial machinery with 15% and miscellaneous manufacturing with 9%. The fabricated metal products industry account for 8% of South Dakota industrial workers, as does the transportation equipment industry.

MNI reports there are 4,618 executive contacts among South Dakota’s manufacturing companies, including 511 presidents, 527 owners and partners; 249 vice-presidents and 340 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.

Other facts to know about South Dakota manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:

• 2% of South Dakota manufacturers are women-owned
• 8% are publicly owned companies
• 7% import raw materials
• 21% distribute their products internationally.

These trends reveal that South Dakota is less reliant on imported materials compared to the U.S. as a whole (7% versus 11% nationally).

Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s top companies.

Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in South Dakota

Smithfield Foods, Inc.3,500Sioux FallsSD
Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc.2,100Dakota DunesSD
3M Co.1,159BrookingsSD
Dakota Provisions, LLC900HuronSD
Link Snacks, Inc.900AlpenaSD
New Angus, LLC800AberdeenSD
StarMark Cabinetry650Sioux FallsSD
3M Co.640AberdeenSD
Showplace Wood Products, Inc.619HarrisburgSD
Larson Manufacturing Co.600BrookingsSD

About the Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in South Dakota

1. Smithfield Foods, Inc. (Sioux Falls, SD)
Employing 3,500 in Sioux Falls, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is South Dakota’s largest industrial employer. Smithfield Foods operates 60 facilities around the globe and 2,500 farms in the U.S., ranking among the largest pork producers in the world.

2. Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. (Dakota Dunes, SD)
Ranking second in the state for number of industrial jobs is Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. Tyson is a global meat processing company, employing 141,000 workers worldwide. The Dakota Dunes location employs 2,100 and operates as the company’s divisional headquarters and produces fresh and preserved beef, as well as various types of pork products and tanned leather.

3. 3M Co. (Brookings, SD)
A former Minnesota mining operation founded in 1902, 3M has grown over the past century to produce a wide range of products in the healthcare and consumer sectors. The company’s Brookings plant is the largest of South Dakota’s two 3M locations. Founded in 1971, the facility produces health care products, employing 1,159 and operating out of a 688,690 square foot facility.

4. Dakota Provision, LLC (Huron, SD)
Employing 1,058 in the town of Huron, Dakota Provisions is a major turkey processor, occupying a plant of 150,000 square feet. The plant processes more than eighty million turkeys per year at this 114-acrea site. The company is run by a farmer cooperative of 44 Hutterite farmers.

5. Link Snacks, Inc. (Alpena, SD)
Established in 1995, Link Snacks produces beef jerky and employs 900 in the town of Alpena.

6. New Angus, LLC (Aberdeen, SD)
New Angus, LLC, also known as DemKota Ranch Beef, is a USDA-approved, fully integrated beef processing plant located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. It sources its supply from the premier beef cattle and grain-producing region in the U.S., making it the only major regional processor in North or South Dakota

7. StarkMark Cabinetry (Sioux Falls, SD)
Established in 1978, this Sioux Falls company manufactures wood cabinetry for the entire home. The company employs 650.

8. 3M Co. (Aberdeen, SD)
The smaller of 3M’s South Dakota facilities, this location employs 640 and is the largest manufacturer of N-95 respirators. The location was established in 1974 and emerged as a critical parter against during the worst month of the COVID-19 pandemic, expanding to produce 70 million masks per month during the height of the pandemic.

9. Showplace Wood Products (Harrisburg, SD)
Rounding out our top ten list is another cabinet builder, Showplace Cabinetry. Occupying 305,000 square feet in the town of Harrisburg, this facility produces wooden cabinetry for residential and light commercial applications. Established in 1999, the company reports annual sales of $95 million-$105 million.

10. Larson Manufacturing Co. (Brookings, SD)
Larson Manufacturing Co., based in Brookings, South Dakota, is a leading manufacturer of aluminum and wooden storm doors and windows. The company was founded over 65 years ago by Oscar Larson and is recognized for its commitment to quality, integrity, and service. Larson Manufacturing Co. has a market-leading selection of storm doors, retractable screens, and other home exterior innovations


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Editor's note: The article was originally published in August 2021. It has been updated to reflect the latest statistics collected by MNI on the state of South Dakota.



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