New Contract Manufacturer to Expand into Spearfish

Alex Portal | Black Hills Pioneer | October 11, 2021

Through the efforts of the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), Pacific Stainless Product, a contract manufacturer from St. Helens, Ore., will be expanding its business into Spearfish, and bringing more skilled labor jobs with it.

“Pacific Stainless Products is exactly the type of mid-sized, light industrial company we have been working to attract to the Spearfish Business Park,” said SEDC Executive Director Kory Menken. “In addition to creating quality jobs and expanding our local tax base, their manufacturing process is environmentally mindful as they produce very little waste, consume very little water, and use no VOCs (volatile organic compounds). The company has also established a stellar reputation for their corporate citizenship.”

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BHSU, SEDC Create Paid Internship Program

Alex Portal | Black Hills Pioneer | October 9, 2021

In an effort to bolster the local workforce and keep students graduating from Black Hills State University in the area, the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) has partnered with the university to create the new Workforce Development Internship Program.

“SEDC’s primary role will be to identify Spearfish businesses that could benefit from this new partnership and to serve as a conduit to BHSU,” explained SEDC Executive Director Kory Menken.

“In standing up a Career Center, we plan to work much closer with area businesses to develop internship programs, career fairs and job placements. Starting with SEDC on this exciting partnership was a perfect way to launch this new initiative,” added BHSU President Dr. Laurie S. Nichols.

As BHSU brings the students to the table, SEDC will supply the business opportunities. The program will provide part-time, paid work experience to BHSU students in positions related to their course of study as well as provide local businesses with affordable help and a potential funnel of future employees.

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Menken Speaks at Regional Critical Issues Luncheon

SEDC Executive Director Kory Menken participated on a panel of five regional economic development leaders at last week’s Regional Economic Development 2021 Critical Issues Luncheon hosted by Elevate Rapid City. Menken and fellow panelists discussed the importance of regional economic development by addressing the critical issues we face today and into the future and shared with guests how increased partnerships are furthering the economic prosperity Spearfish andof the Black Hills region.