Steffes, one of Dickinson's largest employers, will be expanding its manufacturing facility located four miles north of Dickinson on North Dakota Highway 22, the company announced in a recent press release.

Steffes is a privately owned company founded in Dickinson more than 70 years ago. The company provides a variety of innovative, high-quality products for the energy, construction and agricultural industries. It currently has manufacturing operations in Dickinson and two plant locations in Grand Forks.

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"The 36,000 square foot expansion will provide space for additional manufacturing, new product development and offices to allow Steffes to better serve growing customer needs," the company said in a statement. "Committed to creating jobs and positive local economic impacts, Steffes hired GT Architecture of Dickinson to design a state of the art facility."

The structure will have 42-foot sidewalls, high capacity crane hoists and incorporate a modern three story office, conference and employee breakroom structure, the release stated. Local contractors Tooz Construction and Winn Construction will participate in the project which is estimated to take eight months.

Steffes will be making investments in the building infrastructure, equipment and personnel with an estimated completion date of November 2018. The company said the expansion will create more than 30 new jobs over the next two years. The new positions will be a combination of engineering, welding, assembly and support roles.