Food Processing

Food Processing

Sioux Falls is a better place for food processing . . . in the heart of America´s breadbasket. Getting goods to market is critically important, and our centralized location provides convenient access to 42 million customers within a 500-mile radius. Our effective and efficient transportation system includes two Interstate highways, Class I rail, convenient air service, and the only Port of Entry and Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) in the state.


Sioux Falls has a solid network of utilities that service businesses in the region. Electric service is reliable and costs are competitive. A major upgrade to our water system in 2012 improved water quality, supply, and infrastructure. Three wastewater treatment facilities are able to treat up to 75 million gallons per day.


South Dakota is a right-to-work state with a pro-business regulatory climate, low unionization, low crime rates, and a business-friendly tax climate.


With affordable labor costs and a talented, growing, productive workforce in the Sioux Empire provides great value.


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Company Employees
Smithfield Foods 3000-3500
Orion Food Systems 200-250
Dean Foods/Land O' Lakes Milk 150-200
Grand Prairie Foods Inc 100-150
Glanbia Nutritionals Ingredient Technologies 1-50

Sioux Falls is rated an ISO 1 community which means lower fire insurance rates for your bottom line, reports the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.

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