Four new businesses head for Box Elder
RAPID CITY, S.D. — With the incoming B-21, and area growth in general, the City of Box Elder is expanding — both in population and services as city officials made some exciting announcements Thursday night.
The first-ever Box Elder Expo brought local leaders, city staff and residents together for a night of networking, and a glimpse into the city’s near future.
“Our focus is to recount all the different strands of transformation that are occurring in Box Elder and that will impact the total Black Hills community,” said Matthew Connor, public information officer for the City of Box Elder.
The packed ballroom was lined with tables from different businesses, the Douglas School District and representatives from Ellsworth Air Force Base.
One of the most celebrated announcements of the night? An Illinois-based brewery is coming to town.
“Hairy Cow Brewing Company started in 2016 after I retired from the Rockford, Illinois Police Department and just needed a retirement job,” said owner Todd McLester.
Hairy Cow Brewing is expanding to Box Elder — their first and only planned expansion, McLester says.
After visiting the area years ago, he really liked it, and with the on-going development and base expansion, they decided to move in.
“The more time I spend out here in Box Elder, you know, the Black Hills area, I just thought it looked like a good spot for one,” McLester said. “If I’m out here, why not have a Hairy Cow Brewing Company out here?”
They’re expecting to break ground in the spring and open next summer. The brew-pub has craft beers and a full bar, plus a coffee selection and some favorite Midwestern bar treats, like wings and cheese curds.
It’s just a start — with three other companies announcing their move as well, including a medical supply company, a Black Hills Federal Credit Union and a Pete Lien cement plant.
“This is going to be a great start for a continuing process of working together to transform the city,” Connor said.