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Lehigh Defense loading up for expansion, jobs in Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Bullet and ammunition maker Lehigh Defense is opening a manufacturing operation in Rapid City. The company, which is owned and operated by David Fricke, will create 14 jobs in the next three years.

“David made the right decision to expand his company to South Dakota,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “It goes without saying, when it comes to the shooting, hunting and outdoors industry, South Dakota is an ideal state to run a business. But more than that, our reasonable business climate allows businesses to not only earn a profit, but keep it.”

Fricke’s business began in 1999 as Millennium Manufacturing, specializing in the design and production of components used in the firearms, electronics, medical and aerospace markets. In 2011, due to significant growth in the firearms sector of the operation, the company was split and Lehigh Defense was created to focus on the production of firearms components and projectiles.

Lehigh began producing high-quality bullets using advanced computer numeric control (CNC) Swiss machining equipment, producing a more accurate and improved performing bullet. Steady growth year after year created a need for his company’s expansion.

Fricke says he’ll begin with hiring and training in the Rapid City location with the new facility becoming operational Dec. 1.

Source: South Dakota GOED


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