ELK POINT, S.D. – An Elk Point-based industrial packaging company announced plans Monday to build a new processing center and warehouse in the southeast South Dakota city.
The proposed 22,500-square-foot building will allow BalCon Enterprises Inc., doing business as Helluva Packaging, to eventually add up to 22 full-time jobs. The company plans to break ground this fall and be operational by summer 2018.
BalCon, which specializes in the production and recycling of FIBC bulk bags and the refurbishment and sale of Gaylord boxes, will be the first tenant in a new business and industrial park in Elk Point. The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded a total in $500,000 to finance infrastructure for the park.
“This is a true rural development success story,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard said in a statement Monday. “New infrastructure, new construction and new jobs are significant for any community, but this kind of reinvestment is especially significant in a smaller community like Elk Point.”
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“Our existing facility has served us well since we began the business. But we’ve simply outgrown it,” BalCon Vice President Kevin Connelly said in a statement. "The key thing about our new facility is that it will be properly insulated, allowing us to repair and refurbish more Gaylord boxes for our customers.
"Currently, during times when it’s especially cold, our repair methods are not as effective when we repair boxes that come into our facility. That means we have to send those boxes to the paper mill for recycling. The problem is those boxes potentially have a lot of life left in them. Our new facility will allow us to salvage 4 million pounds of corrugated cardboard, saving us and our customers a lot of money.”
Elk Point City Administrator Dennis Nelsen said city officials are "thrilled BalCon chose not only to reinvest in Elk Point, but also serve as the anchor tenant in our industrial park.”