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Modern Manufacturing for the Global Market

Makers in South Dakota are responsible for manufacturing a variety of high-quality goods, from world-class precision ag products to electronic display boards found at sports stadiums across the globe. Not only are our products dependable, but so are the people who make them. We have a manufacturing ecosystem that supports growth and encourages innovation. With access to a U.S Port of Entry and major interstates to both coasts and Canada, it’s no surprise that manufacturing products make up the majority of the state’s exports.


Major Employers

Industry Data

Number of Establishments, 2017
Average Employment, 2017
Total Payroll, 2017
Average Annual Wage, 2017
$4.8 Billion
Manufacturing GDP, 2017
$1.38 Billion
manufactured goods exported, 2017
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IndustryEstabEmpTotal WagesAvg Weekly WageAvg Ann Salary
Food Manufacturing13710093$463,644,162 $883 $45,937
Machinery Manufacturing1196453$326,228,694 $972 $50,555
Miscellaneous Manufacturing984955$270,813,401 $1,051 $54,655
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing1863997$183,231,144 $882 $45,842
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing502920$146,115,621 $962 $50,040
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing722507$94,092,858 $722 $37,532
Wood Product Manufacturing612034$93,830,657 $887 $46,131
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing361955$81,011,996 $797 $41,438
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing861672$95,616,491 $1,100 $57,187
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing541534$70,507,917 $884 $45,963
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CountryExport %
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ClassExport %
Processed Foods31.8%
Transportation Equipment9.4%
Beverages & Tobacco Products6.7%
Computer & Electronic Products6.6%

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