KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Companies Learn How SD Can Help ND Oil Boom



Bookmark and Share

As the oil industry booms to our north, business leaders from that area are seeking some help from South Dakotans.

The growing oil community in the North Dakota Bakken Basin means there are growing opportunities for businesses in the Sioux Empire.

From housing to medical to even restaurants, leaders said there is a need for workers in all areas.

The Bakken Basin is a number of oil fields being drilled in northwestern North Dakota. It is 600 square miles of rapidly growing towns that in a few years have gone from 1,500 to 5,000 people.

The growth has created a housing shortage and plenty of open jobs, and that’s where North Dakota business leaders are hoping South Dakotans come in.

The Bakken Basin is where those in the oil industry are saying a modern day gold rush is taking place.

And some in South Dakota like Greg Sands; CEO of Sands Drywall who has already moved parts of his business to the area said its time for more people to do the same.

"It's exciting to see. Being in construction my whole life, seeing the process there in the oil patch its a different world,” said Greg Sands.

Paul Hegg of Hegg Companies thinks the same, so his company is educating area business leaders and investors about the opportunities at hand.

"I think you look at the fact that we are a neighboring state, we have all the capabilities here in our own community and our own state. And the demand the need they have in that Bakken Basin is unsurpassed,” said Hegg.  

Hegg wants business leaders and investors to understand the time is now. The Bakken isn't going anywhere and in order to expand production, people need to start investing. And it should be Midwesterners doing so.

 "You know the east or the west coast try and come in when we can be just as much help,” said Hegg. “I think we have the same understanding of the Midwest values an mentality."

But Sands said you are either all in, or not in at all and you must be willing to make a long-term commitment.

" The communities want to see that you’re committed,” said Sands.  

Business leaders also want to remind other companies that to get in on the action they don’t need to move their business. Many companies have already been producing miscellaneous items such as door knobs, hinges, and hubcaps out of state and then shipping them.

Business leaders said it isn’t an over night investment. It takes time and a lot of money. They also said the greatest need is housing and to get more people working, they first need some place to live.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

Downtown Businesses Boom Over Weekend  story with video

It's estimated over 40,000 people packed downtown Sioux Falls Saturday night, ...

Update: One Dead After Being Hit By Van In SF

One person is dead and two others are injured after a vehicle hit a tree at an ...

Autopsy Complete On Iowa Couple Found Dead

An autopsy has been completed on the elderly northwest Iowa couple found dead in ...

SF Man Wins Trip To FIFA World Cup In Rio  Jul. 13

Texas Man Dies In Motorcycle Crash  Jul. 13

Lance Armstrong Plans To Ride In RAGBRAI  Jul. 13

Aberdeen Native To Finish World Flight Monday  Jul. 13

SD Cabinet Heads To Meet With US Transport Board  Jul. 13

SD Senator Lobbies DC For Transportation Dollars  Jul. 13

Howie Says Secure Border Before Immigration Talk  Jul. 13

SD Board Tackles Old Quarantine, New PED Rules  Jul. 13

Car Vs Motorcycle Accident Injures 2  Jul. 13

19th Annual Hot Harley Nights  story with video  Jul. 13

Storm Victims Struggle With FEMA's Rejection  story with video  Jul. 12

Watertown Police: 2 Injured After Teen Fails To Stop At Sign  Jul. 12

SD Crops Progressing But Farmers Flood Losses Loom  Jul. 12

Black Hawk Native Helps Disable Roadside Bombs  Jul. 12

SD Gov. Asks SBA To Help June Storm Victims  Jul. 12

SDSU Named Innovation, Economic Prosperity University  Jul. 12

SD School Of Mines Hosting Neutrino Day  Jul. 12

KDLT News Archive
     

Autopsy Complete On Iowa Couple Found Dead

An autopsy has been completed on the elderly northwest ...

Update: One Dead After Being Hit By Van In SF

One person is dead and two others are injured after ...

Car Vs Motorcycle Accident Injures 2

Sioux Falls Police are investigating an early morning accident ...

19th Annual Hot Harley Nights  story with video  Jul. 13

Texas Man Dies In Motorcycle Crash  Jul. 13

SF Man Wins Trip To FIFA World Cup In Rio  Jul. 13

SD Senator Lobbies DC For Transportation Dollars  Jul. 13

Lance Armstrong Plans To Ride In RAGBRAI  Jul. 13

KDLT News Archive
     

Birds Battered In Grand Prairie Finale  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Canaries came up short in their attempt to ...

Dillon Goes Wire-To-Wire At Westward Ho  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D.   --  Ryan Dillon completed a ...

Nowak & Barrett To Matchplay Men's Final, Baumberger Takes Women's Title  story with video

RAPID CITY, S. D.   --  The men's ...

Big Days From Lind & Kirby-Jones Not Enough For Birds  story with video  Jul. 12

Dillon Still In Command At Westward Ho Pro Am  story with video  Jul. 12

Olympian Still Inspires As Snowfox Invite Wraps Up  story with video  Jul. 12

Wolters Winner Falls Short In Summer League Opener  story with video  Jul. 12

Mike Miller Leaving Memphis As Cleveland Rumors Swirl  story with video  Jul. 11

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top