Steffes, one of Dickinson's major employers, is expanding its manufacturing facilities and headquarters.
The 36,000-square-foot expansion will provide space for additional manufacturing, new product development and offices, the company said in a statement.
“The demand has increased for many of the larger-sized products we offer, and they require additional room to manufacture. We also need space for building new product prototypes and future growth,” COO Paul Eidenschink said in an email. “This is an important strategic goal for our company.”
Eidenschink said demand also has increased for configurable products with complex assemblies, electrical controls and instrumentation.
“Steffes is an innovation company … We have a history of reinventing ourselves on average every five years,” he said. “About 20 percent of our products are new at any given time.”
Steffes hired GT Architecture of Dickinson to design the facility, which will have 42-foot sidewalls, high-capacity crane hoists and a three-story office. Tooz Construction and Winn Construction are the contractors. Construction is expected to take eight months with a completion date in November.
The expansion will lead to more than 30 new jobs — a combination of engineering, welding, assembly and support positions — over the next two years.