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Company Opens First U.S. Location In Brandon

By Brady Mallory
Published: May 28, 2013, 5:00 PM

Company Opens First U.S. Location In Brandon
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One might think an abundance of wind would be the biggest appeal for a wind energy company, but Governor Dennis Daugaard said the head of Marmen Inc. was interested in South Dakota for a different reason.

"That was, it wasn't necessarily essential to have a workforce that had all the specific training that they would need. It was really more important to have the quality of person. That character of person," Daugaard said.

Daugaard told Marmen President Patrick Pellerin he would find those people right here.

"It was not the typical, political sales pitch; empty stuff. It was a word of truth by a man of wisdom who knows these people very well," Pellerin said.

Marmen Energy will open just north of I-90 in 2014 and will be the company's first United States location. 

The new plant in Brandon will focus on making wind towers, which you have likely seen on certain stretches of I-90. 

The new plant will add 250 new jobs to the area. In addition to wind power, the Canadian-based company works with nuclear energy, steel and aviation. 

Pellerin said South Dakota's pro-business climate is a key factor in opening the new facility.

"We've been extremely, extremely impressed with how simple, down to earth, caring people you are," Pellerin said.

Officials hope this company encourages other businesses to catch the breeze into South Dakota, to create even more growth in our region.

"It takes all of us welcoming people who want to do business here and help provide jobs and help make the quality of life better," Daugaard said.

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