This expansion is due to the growth and high demand of quality engineered truck bodies. Dakota Bodies plans to hire 132 employees in the next 2 years and make a $4.1 million capital investment over the next 5 years as they launch their Missouri operations.
Dakota Bodies has been building quality utility and service truck bodies in Watertown, South Dakota since 1997. Over those years Dakota has grown into a 145,000 sq. ft. facility with over 250 employees, making them one of Watertown’s top employers. The history of quality and innovation has led them to be one of the nation’s top choices in the utility and service industries. As a growing manufacturer, Dakota Bodies continues to invest into their future with new technologies and techniques to better serve their customers and continue the climb up the industry ladder.
“This is a great investment in Liberty by Dakota Bodies that will create more than 100 life-changing jobs in the community,” Subash Alias, CEO of Missouri Partnership, said. “Missouri is a global leader in manufacturing, with leading-edge workforce training solutions and a statewide commitment to supporting the businesses that invest and create jobs here. It was an honor to work with Dakota Bodies, the State of Missouri and Liberty EDC on this attraction project.”
Ralph Boots Executive Director said “We are excited to welcome Dakota Bodies into the Liberty community and the positive economic impact they will have in our region.”
About Missouri Partnership
Founded in 2007, Missouri Partnership is a public-private economic development organization focused on attracting new jobs and investment to the state and promoting Missouri’s business strengths. Since its founding, Missouri Partnership has worked with partners across Missouri to attract companies that have created more than 22,000 jobs, more than $1.1 billion in new annual payroll, and more than $2.7 billion in capital investment.
Missouri Partnership works in partnership with the Hawthorn Foundation, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the State of Missouri, and economic development agencies across Missouri. Led by an independent Board of Directors and working in collaboration with partners from across the state, Missouri Partnership’s expert team markets Missouri as a strategic business location globally and provides direct support to companies interested in investing in Missouri to connect them with the best locations and solutions for their business goals. Some major recent company investments in Missouri include Amazon, American Outdoor Brands, Aurora Organic Dairy, Auto Alert, CertainTeed, CVS Health, Dollar Tree, Faurecia, Nucor Steel, Owens Corning, Square and Vital Farms.