One in four Brookings County workers is employed by a manufacturing company

Brookings Mayor Keith Corbett has proclaimed Oct. 2 through Oct. 6 as Brookings Manufacturing Week, acknowledging the industry’s role as a key driver of the Brookings area economy. The community is the second largest manufacturing community in the state, with the industry employing one out of every four private sector workers in the county.

This is the fifth year that the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and communities throughout the state have been promoting manufacturing in South Dakota through a series of week-long events, concluding with National Manufacturing Day on the first Friday in October.

“Manufacturing Week is a unique opportunity for our manufacturers to show the community that this industry provides sustainable jobs with limitless opportunities for advancement,” said Stacy Aesoph, Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) director of workforce development. “There is a vast array of career options within the industry including sales, marketing, engineering, designers, welders, managers and more.”

This year, BEDC partnered with area manufacturers and the Brookings School District to conduct a manufacturing presentation at George S. Mickelson Middle School. In addition, high school students will tour several companies including Daktronics, Counterpart, SGS, Larson Manufacturing, Falcon Plastics and Twin City Fan.

In addition, BEDC worked with other local organizations to schedule manufacturing facility tours. Brookings young professional group, Connect 2140, will tour Falcon Plastics and the Boys & Girls Club will tour Counterpart, Daktronics and Larson Manufacturing.

Brookings County Manufacturing Facts:

  • Responsible for 25% of our community’s workforce, or 4,342 jobs
  • 41 companies are in the manufacturing industry
  • Annual payroll of $245 million
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