WEBSTER, S.D. -- Mereen-Johnson, LLC, makers of industrial woodworking machinery, will be holding a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the completion of its recent plant expansion in this eastern South Dakota city.

"This expansion gives us the capacity to meet the growing demand for our machinery from all over the world," said Paul Wilmes, Mereen-Johnson CEO. "This expansion also shows our strong commitment to the Webster area and growing our operations in South Dakota."

The ribbon cutting will be immediately followed by an ice cream and hot dog social. The social will include music and refreshments. All events are open to the general public.

Mereen-Johnson makes heavy-duty woodworking equipment and has been headquartered in Minneapolis since 1905. The company opened its "Western Division" in Webster in 1973. The Webster location has grown over the years, and in 2006 Mereen-Johnson consolidated all of its manufacturing in Webster.

In the last five years Mereen-Johnson has seen a doubling in sales. The number of employees at the Webster facility has more than doubled in that time frame as well.

Special guest ribbon cutter will be South Dakota's United States Representative Kristi Noem.

"We are pleased to have Representative Noem join us for the ribbon cutting," said Wilmes. "Her commitment to growing jobs and economic opportunity in South Dakota is undisputed. This includes her strong commitment to career technical education, which is so critical to manufacturing companies like Mereen-Johnson."

The ribbon cutting will be followed by an ice cream/hot dog social. The event will be held at 2:30 pm, Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Mereen-Johnson at 10 Park Lane, in Webster, one block north of intersection of U.S. Highway 12 & South Dakota Highway 25. See http://www.mereen-johnson.com.

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