Sioux Falls Manufacturer Closing; 80 Losing Jobs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A longstanding manufacturing company in Sioux Falls is closing by early next year, putting nearly 80 people out of a job.

Texas-based Alamo Group says in a statement that it will close the SMC plant in Sioux Falls and consolidate operations with its facility in Gibson City, Ill. SMC makes agricultural equipment such as front-end loaders and backhoes.

SMC General Manager Shawn Cleary tells the Argus Leader that the company has lost business it hasn't been able to recapture.

The SMC plant has operated in Sioux Falls under various owners since 1972.The closure does not affect Tiger Corp., an Alamo Group facility in Sioux Falls that makes mowing equipment.