Over 100 new manufacturing jobs coming to Rapid City

Close to 100 manufacturing jobs are coming to Rapid City within the next few months.

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender said that a new business which produces hotel rooms, called Best GEN Modular, will open its doors later this year. The plant will be located in the former Western Dakota Technical Institute building on Sedivy Lane. 

The company describes itself as a hospitality company which builds modular hotel rooms, ready to install. 

A member of the Best GEN Modular team inspects a steel frame in London, similar to what will be built in Rapid City. (Courtsey: Best GEN Modular)

"The room, the walls, the ceiling, the plumbing, the electrical, furnishings, everything will be made complete, and then that will be taken out and then with a crane used to stack onto a hotel that is being constructed," said Allender.

Staff from Best GEN Modular says the company will be the first commercial modular manufacturing plant in the United States that uses steel for manufacturing. Their units will be able to go up to 30 stories high. Their focus is primarily hotels, but will also be able to manufacture student housing, apartment complexes, and senior living.

Allender says during their launch phase, the plant will employ around 100 people. After a few years, they will grow to around 200 employees.