PIERRE/ FORT PIERRE SD – Morris, Inc. President and CEO John Morris announced today that the company will be closing down its Morris Equipment Division.
Morris Equipment consists of implement dealerships and equipment rental businesses in Pierre, Mitchell, Mobridge and Valentine, NE. The closure of the locations comes as the company faces challenges to remain profitable due to a sluggish economy and a drought that has affected its customer base.
“Our main focus during this transition will be our employees and our customers,” said Morris. “Our goal is to ramp down operations over the next 30 days in a manner that provides time for our loyal employees to prepare for their next career path. Morris Equipment employees will be offered a severance package to help them make the transition. We also will be working with other Bobcat and Kubota dealerships in our area in order to ensure our customers can rely on quality service and support.”
Morris also stated, “Morris, Inc.’s strategic plan is to remain focused on our core business operations which consists of aggregate crushing, asphalt mix production and laydown, redi-mix concrete, site utilities, site work, all aspect of highway-heavy construction, and Ag. Irrigation services. We are always looking for great people to share our vision, implement safety first, and share our pride of being involved in the construction industry.”
The closure will mean the loss of approximately 25 jobs in the four locations. Management will be working with the local Department of Labor and Economic Development offices to find new opportunities for the Morris Equipment employees.