Company President Joe Vig (left) gives South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (right) a tour of Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI-JCI) in Yankton, S.D. KPI-JCI is a worldwide leader in manufacturing equipment for the aggregate, construction, paving and recycling industries.

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South Dakota Governor, Staff Visits Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI-JCI) For Factory Tour

Wednesday, July 27, 2011, Yankton, SD

Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI-JCI) hosted South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and other state officials July 19 as part of ongoing efforts to build relationships with key policymakers in the state and educate them about the important role American manufacturing plays in economic development.

Joe Vig, president of Kolberg-Pioneer Inc., a worldwide leader in manufacturing equipment for the aggregate, construction, paving and recycling industries, provided a factory tour to Governor Daugaard; Kim Olson, policy advisor to Governor Daugaard; Pat Costello, commissioner of the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development; and Chris Maxwell, business and community development director in the state’s Office of Economic Development.

Vig said the visit included an overview of the company, its parent corporation Astec Industries, Inc. and the manufacturing industry, as well as discussion about Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc.’s development and growth.

“The Governor was very interested in how much of our product is exported, and was pleasantly surprised that in 2010 we exported about 35 percent of our product, plus shipments to more than 25 different countries,” Vig said. “We also emphasized that in the past year, Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. has hired more than 100 people, bringing us up to 392 employees in our Yankton plant.” 

During the visit, the importance of supporting necessary federal and state funding for U.S. highways and bridges was stressed as key in continuing this growth.

Vig also explained the company’s lean manufacturing culture, a comprehensive strategy to reduce waste of all kinds, for production and the company as a whole.

“Lean manufacturing is critical for companies because it allows them to operate most efficiently, thus passing its savings on to the customer,” Vig said. “While lean manufacturing enables us to reduce waste, the atmosphere at Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. has always been, and will continue to be, product and people-oriented.”

Vig continued, “We were very honored to be able to show Governor Daugaard the positive environment we have created here in Yankton, and the important role our company plays in manufacturing innovative products that help build infrastructure, both here at home and abroad.”

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About KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens

KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens, Astec companies (NASDAQ: ASTE), is a world-wide leader in manufacturing equipment for the aggregate, construction, paving and recycling industries. As an innovative, high integrity manufacturer, KPI-JCI develops quality, state-of-the-art products and has the ability to engineer custom products because of a highly qualified engineering staff. KPI and JCI joined together in 1997 with the purchase of JCI by Astec Industries. KPI and JCI joined together in 2006 in a marketing effort under the KPI-JCI logo. Astec Mobile Screens and KPI-JCI joined sales and marketing efforts in the spring of 2008. KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens proudly manufacture its products in Yankton, South Dakota, Eugene, Oregon and Sterling, Illinois. For more information, call (605) 668-2524 or visit the Web site at www.kpijci.com.

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