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Aberdeen Welcomes AGP Processing, Inc. to Whitewood Industrial Park

Industrial Park is a South Dakota Certified Ready Site
Last month, Ag Processing, Inc. announced its plans to open its newest soybean processing plant in Aberdeen, and Aberdeen recently held a press conference to officially welcome the company. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and GOED Commissioner Pat Costello were on hand for the announcement.

“AGP’s decision to expand here is a major win—not only for the city of Aberdeen but the state of South Dakota, too,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Agriculture is the backbone of South Dakota’s economy, and bringing opportunities to add value to our farmers’ agricultural products right here in South Dakota is an important priority for the state.”

AGP is going to construct a soybean crushing facility on 292 acers, utilizing the entire Whitewood Industrial Park, in northeast Aberdeen. The project will create approximately 50 jobs.

Whitewood Park is one of Aberdeen’s three industrial parks, and the only one that is certified through the South Dakota Certified Ready Sites program.

So what does it mean to be certified ready?

The primary purpose of the program is to certify that tracts of land meet industry real estate standards as ‘shovel ready’ for commercial and industrial development.

“A Certified Ready Site mitigates many of the risks involved in a typical real estate transaction by giving reasonable assurances that the site is ready for development," Costello said. "Having a shovel-ready site can be the difference in getting a project.”

In this particular case, the company had a list of more than a dozen criteria it needed in a site. The Whitewood Park hit on virtually all of them.

“This is a classic example of how being prepared pays off,” said Mike Bockorny, CEO, Aberdeen Development Corporation. “This project also showcased South Dakota’s ability to pull various state and city departments together to get a project done. That kind of cooperation is impressive to business prospects.”

For information on how to certify a site in your community through the South Dakota Certified Ready Sites program, visit


Dairy Forum 2016

GOED and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture will be attending the 2016 Dairy Forum in Phoenix Jan. 24-26. 

"Our goal is to meet with key dairy producers and processors to discuss discuss the prospect of expansion to South Dakota," said Steve Watson, GOED Business and Community Development Director.

Find us in Booth #2950 at SHOT

The GOED will be exhibiting at the 2016 Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show Jan. 19-22 in Las Vegas. Look for us in Booth #2950! 

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