New Sidney manufacturing plant to add 30 jobs

Bell Lumber and Pole company announced Wednesday it plans to develop a new plant and logistics center in Sidney that will add over 30 full time jobs. The company, which manufactures treated wood poles for power companies, says it will also add dozens of other support and contractor related opportunities in the region.

Bell President Tom Bell says the company is acquiring land from Adams Warehousing, LLC eight miles nowrthwest of Sidney owned by Don Adams in the industrial complex at the former Sioux Army Depot area.

The two companies are co-developing the property to accommodate all rail and manufacturing requirements. Don Adams says Bell chose the site because of the rail access to both BNSF and UP lines, adding "our specialty trucking operation fits well with much of their logistics".

Bell says the "welcoming spirit of the community leaders have made the process and ultimate decision a clear choice." He says the expansion will "help us better serve our existing and new customers for another 100 years." Bell says it has a manufacturing facility in Minnesota to serve primarily North American markets but with the Sidney facility can increase its "international footprint."

The $25 million project is assisted by a $500,000 economic development loan from the city of Sidney based on performance and several state economic development grants and loans.

The new facility is targeted to be operation in the summer of 2013.

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