HARROLD, S.D. – (DRG News) Thursday brought the groundbreaking for what will be the state’s first pulse crop plant. South Dakota Pulse Processors LLC is bringing the facility to a plot of land on the west edge of Harrold. Yesterday’s groundbreaking featured comments from Governor Dennis Daugaard, the President of the Pierre Economic Development Corporation Larry Deiter and Mat Chaudhry, CEO of Pulses International and SD Pulse Processors. A number of central South Dakota contractors will be used in the construction of the facility.
Once complete, the plant will take in pulse crops from area producers, process and package the crops and ship the final product to other locations via truck and rail. Chaudhry was originally looking at basing the plant in North Dakota, which already has other similar plants, but brought it to central South Dakota instead. He said yesterday that it’s a great feeling to start the construction on the new plant and believes the plant should be complete early in the summer of 2014.
Though smaller than some pulse crop plants in North Dakota and Canada, Chaudhry says the 11-12,000 square foot facility will process about five metric tons per hour and will feature the capacity to expand in the future.
He says a large amount of pulse crops are exported to other countries, and the Harrold location is a great spot to build a plant because of the rail line that will link the facility to places on the west coast.
The plant will first employ about 10-12 people when it opens, but the number of workers will expand as time goes on. He says it will initially focus on processing dry yellow and green peas, along with lentils and chick peas.
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