Local manufacturer plays role in aiding flood relief

Yankton manufacturer Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI-JCI) became involved in regional flood relief efforts this past week during an extensive sandbagging operation in Dakota Dunes.

The South Dakota National Guard used a Series 271 Screening Plant, engineered and manufactured at KPI-JCI in Yankton, to fill sandbags that were carried by a UH60 Blackhawk helicopter in an attempt to reinforce levees along the Missouri River. The 271K Screening Plant is owned by Harold Goeden of First Rate Excavate, Inc., in Sioux Falls, and was set up by Dean Stalheim, sales representative for General Equipment, a KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens authorized dealer.

The 271K Screen is a simple-to-use, highly reliable screening plant capable of processing sand and gravel, topsoil, slag, crushed stone and recycled materials.

Company president Joe Vig found it rewarding that local machinery was used in such an important disaster relief measure.

The Series 271 Screening Plant was engineered and manufactured right here in Yankton, he said. We are very pleased to see it being used alongside the states National Guard members and with the Blackhawk helicopters to help protect our fellow South Dakotans.

For more information about the 271K Screening plant, visit www.kpijci.com/screening/incline. To view video footage of the 271 Screen plant working with the UH60 Blackhawk helicopter, courtesy of South Dakota Public Broadcasting, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75vPAQxi0Vg.

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