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Pipeline manufacturer breaks ground on Belle Fourche plant

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

BELLE FOURCHE (AP) -- A Texas-based company is starting construction this week on a new pipeline manufacturing facility in western South Dakota.

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Pipeline Plastics held a ground-breaking ceremony on Monday for the new plant, which is expected to employ up to 40 people.

The plant will make high-density polyethylene pipe for the oil industry in North Dakota and Montana. It also plans to sell pipes to cities for domestic water supplies.

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he is proud to welcome the company to the state. He says the company will have a "tangible economic impact" to South Dakota.

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