GenPro bringing engineering and manufacturing jobs to Black Hills with new Piedmont facility
PIEDMONT, S.D. — West river’s growing tech industry is taking a big step forward with a new facility and more jobs. GenPro Energy Solutions is opening a new division, GenPro Advanced Technologies, in Piedmont.
The company partners with businesses, municipalities, utilities, state and national governments on projects that range from energy efficient lighting systems to development of utility-grade solar energy farms.
The new facility will have engineering design, application engineering, sheet metal, welding, assembly, integration, and testing capabilities.
The company plans on hiring 25 to 40 new employees. The positions require skilled workers with sheet metal fabrication expertise, electronic assembly capabilities, electromechanical and testing experience.
“We are excited to create additional employment opportunities and bring economic growth to South Dakota,” said Dwight Patterson, CEO of GenPro Energy Solutions. “The addition of lighting manufacturing to our current capabilities of distributed energy, energy efficiency and power generation supports our long-range plan to become a vertically integrated national leader in the energy services industry.”
GenPro says that they chose to set up shop in the Black Hills because of its growing skilled workforce.
According to Chief Operating Officer Lee DeLange, “From the technology electric trade, electronics, that kind of thing, we have a great feeder pipeline from the schools here in the region. This is the perfect place to have this sort of technology manufacturing.”
GenPro Energy Solutions has been listed among Solar Power World Magazine’s “Top 500 Solar Contractors” for the past five consecutive years and currently serves over 200 energy-related dealers in North America.