Pemstar expands plant
From staff reports
DUNSEITH, N.D. -- Pemstar Inc. and its Turtle Mountain Corp. subsidiary have expanded a North Dakota manufacturing plant by about a third and are installing new, sophisticated equipment with some state help.
Gov. John Hoeven last week formally opened a 25,000-square-foot addition built by the city of Dunseith and leased to Turtle Mountain. The factory now contains about 90,000 square feet.
The companies also installed between $750,000 and $900,000 worth of sophisticated equipment for making electronic components, Pemstar chief executive Al Berning said late last week.
At the same time, Turtle Mountain also adopted "lean manufacturing" techniques, with help from the North Dakota Manufacturing Extension Partnership, run by the state Department of Commerce. That approach combines just-in-time manufacturing with reduction of time wasting processes.
The expansions will not add to the 300-employee payroll in the near term, Berning said.
Pemstar, which is based in Rochester, purchased Turtle Mountain Corp. two years ago.