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New Rapid City factory aims at ND oil patch

RAPID CITY (AP) -- A Texas-based pipe maker hopes to start construction by the end of the summer in Rapid City on what would be its seventh manufacturing plant, employing about 40 people.

WL Plastics director Mike Dahl tells the media that the oil boom in western North Dakota is a factor in the company's efforts to expand into South Dakota. He says the company hopes to have the plant operating early next year.

WL Plastics also has plants in Kentucky, Wyoming, Utah and in the Canadian province of Alberta.

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