Sioux Falls is a noticeably “
over-ame-nitized” city, as Barr puts it. Because
it’s surrounded by many miles of small
communities, it has become a destination for shopping and entertainment
in the area. Barr says that the Sioux
Falls mall attracts so many out-of-state shoppers that it rivals Mount
Rushmore as the number one tourist
attraction in the state.
• Banking and Financial Support
Many major banks and financial
providers calling Sioux Falls home.
including Citi Bank, Wells Fargo, U.S.
Bank, First Premier, Premier Bankcard
and Capitol One. The total bank assets
deposited in South Dakota sit at $2.7
trillion, more than any other state.
• Healthcare and Medical Research
Sioux Falls is home to two hospital
systems that are both nationally ranked
— Avera Health System and Sanford
Health. Because the community doesn’t
have major government research institutions or universities, “This is a real
game changer,” explains Barr.
• Diverse Manufacturing Base
In Sioux Falls and the surrounding
area, there’s no cluster of anything.
Agriculture and meat
processing are still
strong, as evidenced by
John Morrell Foods, a
centuries-old meat manufacturer that employs
3,300 people that
process 18,000 hogs
a day. But industry in
the area has continued
to expand. It’s home to
like Raven Industries,
which makes balloons
for the U.S. military
and Google, as well as
Daktronics, the manufacturer of the
largest display boards in the world,
including the ones at Madison Square
Garden and most of the college and
professional sports arenas in America.
Bell Incorporated, a manufacturer of
packaging for some of the most iconic
food companies in the world, also calls
Sioux Falls home. A more boutique
manufacturer, Rosenbauer, makes some
of the most advanced and customized
fire trucks in the world.
IMPO had the opportunity
to visit five facilities in the
area recently. What follows is
an inside look at what makes
two of these companies special, and why they choose to
manufacture in Sioux Falls.
Running on Wind:
In 2013, the French
Canadian machining, fabrica-
tion and assembly company,
Marmen Energy, made the
move to the United States. After touring
many states for several years, the company
decided to set up shop in Brandon, South
Dakota, just 20 minutes from Sioux Falls.
Marmen builds equipment for the global
energy sector, and its Brandon facility is
dedicated to wind tower production. In this
facility, it’s building exclusively for General