U.S. Representative Kristi Noem Cuts Ribbon on Mereen-Johnson's Latest Plant Expansion
(Webster, SD) - Mereen-Johnson, LLC, makers of world-class industrial woodworking machinery, held a ribbon cutting ceremony today headlined by South Dakota's U.S. Representative Kristi Noem.
"This expansion, which grows our manufacturing facility by 20 percent, will allow us to meet the increasing demand for our machines across the country and around the world," said Paul Wilmes, Mereen-Johnson CEO. "It also demonstrates our strong commitment to the City of Webster, Day County and the State of South Dakota."
Mereen-Johnson is known around the world for making long lasting, high-tech, heavy duty machinery. The company has been headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1905, and opened its "Western Division" in Webster, South Dakota in 1973. The Webster facility has grown over the years, and in 2006 Mereen-Johnson consolidated all of its manufacturing in Webster.
In the last five years Mereen-Johnson has seen a doubling in sales. The number of employees at the Webster facility has more than doubled in that time frame as well.
"Not only will we increase our capacity, but we will also increase our efficiencies with the additional space," said Mark Pearson, Mereen-Johnson Plant Manager. "This will allow us to better compete on the global stage."
"As someone who's run a family farm and small businesses, I know just how tough it is to keep a place going year after year, but Mereen-Johnson has done that in Webster for more than 40 years,"said Representative Noem. "I am thrilled to see the continued investments Mereen-Johnson is making, not only in the expansion of their Webster facility, but also in their commitment to workforce development. It's exciting to see companies like this grow and create economic opportunity for South Dakotans."