The following press release was published on the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development website on Monday, July 31, 2017. We are all very excited about this new expansion and the additional jobs it will add to the area!
BalCon’s New Processing Center, Warehouse, Coming to Elk Point
Monday, July 31, 2017
ELK POINT, S.D. – BalCon Enterprises Inc., dba Helluva Packaging, announced today that it will be constructing a new processing center and warehouse facility in Elk Point, S.D. BalCon is an industrial packaging company that specializes in the production and recycling of FIBC bulk bags, as well as the refurbishment and sale of Gaylord boxes. The new 22,500-square-foot building will allow the company to eventually add up to 22 full-time jobs.
“This is a true rural development success story,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “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.”
BalCon’s new facility will be the first tenant in the newly established business and industrial park in Elk Point, a project made possible in part by funding from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Department of Transportation (DOT), which collectively awarded $500,000 in infrastructure assistance to help develop the new industrial park.
“Our existing facility has served us well since we began the business. But we’ve simply outgrown it,” said Kevin Connelly, BalCon vice president. “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 is a perfect example of a progressive small town,” said Dennis Nelsen, city administrator, Elk Point. “We’re thrilled BalCon chose not only to reinvest in Elk Point, but also serve as the anchor tenant in our industrial park.”
Connelly says the company plans to break ground this fall and be operational by summer of next year. For more information about BalCon Enterprises Inc, dba Helluva Packaging, go to http://helluva.com.