Anderson Industries is packing up its Aberdeen operation and heading east.
Company founder and president Kory Anderson said that the move to Webster is to be completed next month. He hopes to have the new operation up and running by early January.
Anderson said that about 35 people were employed at the Aberdeen location at 200 S. Harrison St. and that all employees were offered positions at the new Webster location in the town’s industrial park (the former Dakota Tube facility at 1741 Commerce Lane).
“We have offered to pay for relocation expenses for those who wanted to move closer to Webster,” Anderson said. “For those who wished to stay in Aberdeen, we’ve decided to help cover some of the travel expense for commuting back and forth for at least the first year.”
Anderson said the move was made largely because of convenience for the metal fabrication and manufacturing company, which purchased Dakota Foundry Inc. in Webster earlier this year. Anderson said the iron castings made at the Dakota Foundry facility will be more efficiently transported to the new Webster location to be machined and manufactured.
“We wish Anderson Industries all the best in their future endeavors as they make this transition,” Aberdeen Development Corp. CEO Mike Bockorny said in a statement. “They must do what is right for their business. However, the Aberdeen Development Corp. is most confident that business and industry in Aberdeen will continue to grow and thrive for many years to come. This is evident based on the number of inquiries we are receiving from companies outside of Aberdeen as well as the number of companies expanding their operations who are presently located in Aberdeen.”
Anderson started the company out of his Andover garage in 2006. The company also has locations in North Dakota: West Fargo and its headquarters in Mapleton.
Following a 2009 expansion to Aberdeen, Anderson Industries increased work in metal fabrication and production machining, and purchased the product lines of Anderson Machine Company, founded by Kory’s father, Kevin Anderson.