Looking forward

Salute to our manufacturing companies


A major accomplishment for a rural community the size of De Smet and unknown to many people passing through the area is the fact that there is a large Industrial Park located on the east side of town. Seven very successful manufacturing companies make up a great deal of De Smet’s economy with manufacturing ranking in the top three of De Smet’s leading industries.

The Industrial Park was established in the late 1960s by forward thinking De Smet business people who realized that the City needed an Industrial Park to have a diversified economy. They were able to successfully recruit companies from the Minneapolis area to De Smet. Economic growth depends on the manufacturing industry and the importance of manufacturing is true for De Smet’s economy.

Technology in our manufacturing businesses has grown immensely in recent years and has created outstanding jobs, including in De Smet. With this technology, De Smet businesses are producing amazing products that are sold internationally. Robotics taking place are astounding and comparable to systems in large companies worldwide. Finding employees for the manufacturers has become the top priority for the De Smet Development Corporation. Data in the De Smet 2020 Housing Assessment shows that 274 people commute from at least 20 miles away to work in De Smet every day and many of these work in the manufacturing companies. These employees are the future of our businesses and this growing workforce is driving our economy.

Present manufacturing companies listed in order by the length of time they have been in business in De Smet are:

DeSCo Architectural, Inc, established 1970, manufactures a diverse line of architectural windows in a wide variety of applications; They have windows in buildings internationally, such as the US embassies in Somalia & Vietnam; descoarc.com

Lyle Signs, in De Smet since 1974, is the leading manufacturer of traffic, regulatory and safety signs in the United States. They have been shipping regulatory signs nationwide for nearly 100 years and their experience with reflective sheeting dates back to the 1930’s; Stop signs and interstate signs you see nationwide are probably manufactured in De Smet; lylesigns.com

CMI Architectural Products Inc, established 1993, manufactures custom doors & windows; recognized leader in the commercial aluminum industry; Have expanded operations with a new facility on the north side of De Smet. They have windows in the Trump Tower in Chicago and the JL Towers in Anchorage, Alaska; cmiarch.com

UltiMed, Inc, a pioneer in pen-needle disposal solutions began operations in De Smet in 2001; medical device manufacturer that is one of only three syringe manufacturers in the US; recently expanded their facilities in De Smet where they manufacture premium injection devices and related medical products with a focus on serving people and pets with diabetes. Their UltiGuard Safe Pack is the only all-in-one system to store, dispense and dispose of pet insulin syringes; ulticare.com

American Engineered Products Moved from Minnesota to De Smet 2012 and are presently expanding their operations; manufacturer of casino machine bases, kiosks and accessories for casinos as well as powder coating services; products are installed in many casinos internationally, including Aruba and Caribbean; aepslotbases.com

Sheyenne Dakota, Inc expanded operations to De Smet 2013; wire and cable harness manufacturer of electrical harnesses for virtually every industry: construction, agricultural, trucking, electric, research, and recreational; have an exceptional testing procedure; sheyennedakota.com

Freedom DMC, LLC moved operations from Carollton, Texas to De Smet 2019; specialize in custom design and manufacturing of equipment and control systems serving the energy sector; freedom-mfg.us.

We celebrate our manufacturing companies for their success and progressive spirit and for being such an integral part of our community. They are constantly providing support for many community projects. Check out all of the outstanding job opportunities. They all provide training and opportunities to move up in the industry. A complete job listing is available at desmetsd.com.


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