Gage Brothers secures contract for phase one of SDSU Stanley J. Marshall Center renovations

Artist's Rendering of the Stanley J. Marshall Center Expansion
Artist’s Rendering of the Stanley J. Marshall Center Expansion

Gage Brothers has been awarded the precast contract for a projected $12.2 million renovation to the South Dakota State University Stanley J. Marshall Center.

The contract adds to Gage Brothers’ growing portfolio of sports facility builds, which includes TCF Bank Stadium, Target Field, Kinnick Stadium and the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis.

Gage Brothers was chosen by general contractor Henry Carlson Company, a third-generation company headquartered in Sioux Falls. Gage Brothers and Henry Carlson have worked together on more than 280 building projects since the early 1960’s.

At present, Henry Carlson is installing Gage Brothers precast products on the Canton High School performing arts center expansion, Washington Square and the new City of Sioux Falls administration building.

This is the fifty-first South Dakota State University building project awarded to Gage Brothers since the mid-1960s.

Gage Brothers is currently fabricating 78,000 square feet of precast for the $50 million expansion to the SDSU Performing Arts Center.

Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium

Additional work on the SDSU campus includes Daktronics Engineering Hall, the North Chiller Plant and Jackrabbit Grove. Gage Brothers also produced 35,000 square feet of smooth grey wall panels and tread/risers for the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium, home of Jackrabbit Football.

The Details

Built in 1973, the Stanley J. Marshall Center houses offices for most of the SDSU athletic department as well as Frost Arena, the 6,500-seat home of Jackrabbit basketball, volleyball and wrestling.

The multiple-phase expansion of the Stanley J. Marshall Center includes practice facilities for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball. Phase I will house approximately 27,000 square-feet of basketball practice gyms including support space, restrooms and two separate gyms, each with a full sized NCAA basketball court and two high school length cross courts for added versatility.

Jackrabbit Volleyball will continue to practice on the main arena floor, but these new courts will also be able to accommodate their training sessions.

A future phase will also include approximately 15,000 square-feet of space for the wrestling program.

These new spaces will give Jackrabbit teams more flexibility in terms of practice schedules and allow the facility to function more efficiently overall.

The addition will be attached to the Stanley J. Marshall Center by a connecting link comprising a corridor and storage space.

“Gage Brothers is proud to have deep and longstanding ties with South Dakota State University,” said company president Tom Kelley. “These renovations signal a continued investment in SDSU athletics and another step toward continuing to position Jackrabbit teams on a national level.”

The first phase of the Stanley J. Marshall Center renovations call for 32,000-sq. ft. of Gage Brothers precast architectural and insulated panels, grey slabs and corefloor. These flexible components can provide nearly limitless options for architects and engineers.

“Precast concrete was a critical aspect of the university’s goal to provide the best environment possible for SDSU student-athletes from the moment they walk into the building until the time they leave,” Kelley added.

The architect of record for the Stanley J. Marshall Center renovations is the design team of EAPC Incorporated/Sink Combs Dethlefs. Denver-based Sink Combs Dethlefs recently merged with Perkins+Will and is a national leader in sports, recreation, and entertainment architecture. Sink Combs Dethlefs also designed the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

According to the Gage Brothers preconstruction department, it will take approximately 28 days for employees to manufacture the precast components.

Additional Renovations to Frost Arena Will Benefit Fan Experience

Future construction will focus on Frost Arena, which is named for former SDSU coach and athletic director R.B. “Jack” Frost. SDSU estimates that more than 300,000 people visit Frost Arena each year

The Frost Arena renovations include a reconfiguration of the seating bowl to improve spectator viewing, VIP box seating, club seating and an expanded concourse. Loyal Jackrabbit fans can expect to be better accommodated with additional restrooms and concession options.

The renovations will also provide upgrades for sports medicine, locker facilities, administrative areas and event support space.

The end results of the renovation will greatly enhance the fan and student-athlete experiences and dramatically improve the infrastructure while maintaining the soul and feel of what has made Frost Arena special for more than 40 years.

School officials hope to have all three phases of construction completed by 2019.

Raising the Roof: Gage Brothers Precast Takes Sports Facilities to New Heights

Founded in 1915, Gage Brothers has manufactured concrete products for more than three dozen high school, collegiate and professional sports venues throughout the Midwest. The company’s foray into sports facility construction came in 1957, when they produced concrete tread and risers for historic Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. That was followed by the Met Center in 1966— best known as the home of the Minnesota North Stars.

Recent sports and recreation projects include the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Kirkeby-Over Stadium, Dakota Wesleyan University/Avera Sports and Wellness Complex and the University of South Dakota Sports Performance Enhancement Facility.

Earlier this year, Gage Brothers was awarded the precast contract for a projected $89 million renovation to Kinnick Stadium, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes’ home turf since 1929. The company will fabricate more than 75,000 square-feet of precast concrete for the build.


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Graphic Concrete signs a broad distribution agreement for North America, Gage Brothers one of nineteen precast companies to gain production rights

Graphic concrete logoGraphic Concrete Ltd has signed a cooperation agreement with AltusGroup Ltd and is expanding to the United States and Canada.

Tribute to FirefightersGraphic Concrete is a patented technology that has been used extensively in projects across Europe, the Nordics and Australia. The technology transfers patterns — custom or stock — as a surface retarder via a membrane placed at the bottom of the form. Concrete is cast atop the membrane. After the concrete is cured and extracted from the form, the retarder is washed away with a high-pressure washer, revealing an image that results from the contrast between the fair faced and the exposed aggregate surface. Selection of various aggregates and pigments can dramatically expand possibilities in the finished surface.

altus group logoAltusGroup, headquartered in Pennsylvania, United States, is a joint venture of 19 American concrete factories, which drives the development of concrete by introducing innovative products. They are now the exclusive U.S. and Canadian sourcepoint distributors of Graphic Concrete technology for imparting durable patterns and images onto precast surfaces such as facades, walls, spandrels and soundwalls.

“We are seeking strong growth from abroad and we have for a long time been looking for a partner in North America who has a broad network of plants and strong expertise in architectural concrete construction,” says Kimmo Knaapila, Managing Director of Graphic Concrete Ltd. “North America is a completely new market for us and we are really excited about having found a suitable partner. We share the same values ​​with AltusGroup; we invest in continuous development, excellent consulting customer service and we both want to build a more diverse and visually appealing living environment,” Knaapila continues.

Woods 2Driving precast innovation

“We are very happy about new cooperation. The innovation offered by Graphic Concrete is a great addition to our product range. The method is also expected to increase the interest of new element factories to join AltusGroup because only our members can take advantage of this fascinating new technology, “said AltusGroup CEO John Carson. “Our skilled and experienced precasters continue to embrace novel and innovative technologies that improve the performance and aesthetic beauty of precast concrete to the benefit of the building team,” he added.

“Our goal is to enable architects and designers to turn their visions into reality,” says Blair Davies, head of Graphic Concrete, North America. “Our products can be tailored and the outcome of each project is unique. We believe in building a better built environment through the use of Graphic Concrete.”

Gage Brothers is one of the precast companies in America now with the capability to manufacture Graphic Concrete.

color pigmentsAccording to Gage Brothers president Tom Kelley, adding Graphic Concrete to Gage Brothers’ already extensive product line was a no-brainer.

“Innovation is the platform on which we work,” he said. “For us, the key driver is to offer products that are better than what is currently in the market, best in class.”

That impulse has created a strategy of continuous evolution that has allowed  Gage Brothers to expand its product offerings over the decades — a vast line that includes CarbonCast Insulated Systems, thin brick and stone clad systems, ultra-thin ARCIS precast panels and now Graphic Concrete.

“Our customers are loyal to us right up until the second somebody offers them better service or products,” he says. “And I love that. It’s super-motivating for us.”

Graphic Concrete AIAGage Brothers premiered its Graphic Concrete samples and marketing materials at last week’s AIA South Dakota annual convention.

“Each new product is a chapter in the Gage Brothers story,” said Kelley.  “I’m confident that Graphic Concrete will build upon and enhance the next chapters.”

Gage Brothers recently began the construction of a new plant featuring a multi-million dollar investment in state-of-the-art technology rarely used in the manufacture of precast concrete in the United States. The new manufacturing facility will be located at 2800 N. Bahnson Avenue off of Interstate 229, in northeast Sioux Falls. Completion is slated for January of 2019.


About Gage Brothers

Gage Brothers Concrete Products Incorporated ( was established in 1915 by members of the Gage family and now employs more than 250 employees in northwest Sioux Falls. Employee-owned since 2008, Gage Brothers has a proud tradition of being a leading manufacturer of innovative architectural and structural precast concrete products. Products manufactured at the Sioux Falls plant can be found throughout the upper Midwest, including projects throughout Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The Midwest’s premier precast concrete company registered $40 million in sales last year.

About Graphic Concrete

Graphic Concrete Ltd manufactures and sells Graphic Concrete, a patented innovative product that enables durable patterns and images to be produced on prefabricated concrete surfaces. The technology was invented by interior architect Samuli Naamanka in the late 1990s. Samuli’s inspiration was to create an industrial product for large-scale surfaces, a tool with which architects could be more visually creative. Graphic Concrete has since been working with a wide range of projects in 25 countires around the world, ranging from industrial buildings to fine art. For more information, visit

About AltusGroup

The first-ever national partnership of precast companies dedicated to “innovation powered by collaboration,” AltusGroup challenges the industry’s brightest minds to speed the development and perfection of precast technologies that improve the built environment. Products include the award-winning CarbonCast® line of products featuring C-GRID carbon fiber grid reinforcing and ARCIS ultra-thin precast panels for rainscreens and other applications. AltusGroup companies have an unparalleled network of manufacturing plants, technical staff and sales personnel to ensure architects, engineers and contractors get the help they need—and the quality and performance they expect. For more information, visit

Gage Brothers teams up with Fiegen Construction & JLG Architects to support Feeding South Dakota

HAMSeptember is Hunger Action Month – a month where people all over America stand together with Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger.

It’s a month to spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis, and Gage Brothers is teaming up with a longtime construction partner to help the food-insecure population of South Dakota.

Fiegen_Logo_5-17To help raise awareness for those who struggle with hunger in South Dakota, Gage Brothers will host a food drive in partnership with Fiegen Construction and JLG Architects to benefit the Feeding South Dakota Food Pantry Program.

“Hunger remains a major concern throughout the Sioux Empire, and we are proud to team up with Fiegen Construction to help tackle this important issue,” said Gage Brothers president Tom Kelley. “We encourage our employees, clients, construction partners and local residents to show their support and help those in our community who are in need.”

This is not the first time that Fiegen Construction and Gage Brothers have joined forces. The two companies have worked together on more than 100 buildings projects in the past 40 years.

In addition, Fiegen is the general contractor for Gage Brothers’ new precast facility, while JLG Architects is the architect of record for the build.

“Feeding South Dakota is incredibly grateful to Gage Brothers, Fiegen Construction and JLG Architects for a continued partnership in the fight to end hunger in South Dakota,” said Matt Gassen, CEO, Feeding South Dakota.

“The reality is that 1 in every 8 people are struggling with food insecurity in South Dakota,” he added. “Even more staggering is that 1 in every 6 children don’t know where their next meal will come from.”

Feeding South Dakota is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout the Mount Rushmore State. For more than 40 years, Feeding South Dakota has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need.

In 2016, Feeding South Dakota as a whole distributed 13.5 million pounds of food in the fight against hunger. Every single week, Feeding South Dakota assists in providing temporary food assistance to approximately 21,000 hungry individuals and families in South Dakota, while their BackPack Program gives food every weekend to more than 5,500 kids who otherwise might go hungry.

September marks the tenth year the Feeding America network of food banks has organized this annual call to action and tenth year that Feeding South Dakota has participated in the Hunger Action Month movement. This year the campaign will focus on the strong connections between hunger and health.

Statewide, Governor Dennis Daugaard has issued an Executive Proclamation to reflect that Thursday, September 14th, 2017 is “Hunger Action Day” in South Dakota. This proclamation signifies the importance that hunger awareness has in all 66 counties in South Dakota and the support Governor Daugaard grants Feeding South Dakota to continue to feed those who are struggling with food insecurity.

Want to help? You can drop off nonperishable food items at Gage Brothers (4301 West 12th Street) throughout the month of September. You can also drop items off at JLG Architects (232 S Main Ave.) and Fiegen Construction (3712 S Western Avenue).

Items needed by Feeding South Dakota include:

  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit and fruit juices
  • Canned Soup
  • Oatmeal and cereal
  • Canned meats
  • Rice, beans, and pasta
  • Spaghetti sauce

Gage Brothers named precaster for phase one of Avera Health’s new campus construction project

Artist’s Rendering of the Avera on Louise Health Campus |BWBR

Gage Brothers was recently selected by Journey Group to provide the architectural precast concrete exterior for phase one of the Avera Health campus construction project at 69th Street and Louise Avenue in Sioux Falls.

Avera unveiled renderings of its new campus during a ceremonial groundbreaking for the site on Tuesday, August 22nd.

The new health campus is part of $174 million in construction projects Avera has planned for the next two and a half years. According to Avera officials, the build is the largest construction project in Avera’s history and the city of Sioux Falls.

The new Avera on Louise Health Campus includes a 24-bed, free-standing orthopedic hospital and a connected medical office building. Besides orthopedics, the campus will focus on sports medicine, gastroenterology, rheumatology and internal medicine.

Avera will also be launching a major renovation to their 52-acre main campus on Cliff Avenue in Sioux Falls. The Avera McKennan campus will see expanded intensive care capabilities, new rehabilitation units, more surgical suites and additional clinic space.

041217AveraHealthDaveKapaskaOnLouiseBuildingNewTadJacobs“This bold, transformative campus is part of a broad and unified development plan to meet the rapidly growing needs of Sioux Falls and the region,” said Dr. Dave Kapaska, Regional President and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, in a company release.

Gage Brothers will manufacture more than 65,000 square feet of precast concrete for the Avera on Louise Health Campus; including 40,000 square feet of architectural precast wall panels and roughly 25,000 square feet of smooth gray wall panels.

“We are ecstatic to be part of a design-build healthcare project of this magnitude,” said Gage Brothers president Tom Kelley. “Avera Health is an integral part of the city’s fabric, and we are honored to extend our relationship with an organization whose mission is so vital to the health and safety of families in our community.”

Gage Brothers has been part of Avera’s foundation for more than a half-century. The company’s relationship with Avera dates back to 1964, when Gage Brothers supplied precast concrete for a renovation to McKennan (now Avera McKennan) Hospital. The Avera McKennan campus has undergone multiple renovations and expansions throughout the decades, and Gage Brothers has been involved nearly every step of the way.

In fact, Gage Brothers has worked on more than 50 construction projects for Avera since the early 1960’s.

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The Prairie Center was built with 45,000 sq. ft. of Gage Brothers precast products

In 2010, Gage Brothers provided a granite-clad and thin-set brick clad precast panel system for Avera McKennan’s Prairie Center, an environment that houses specialized cancer and surgical services. The use of Gage Brothers precast instead of a granite and brick on a steel stud system saved Avera Health more than one million dollars and weeks off the construction schedule.

Most recently, Gage Brothers supplied architectural precast panels for the new Avera Medical Group Family Health Center on the Grassland Health Campus in Mitchell, S.D.

Avera McKennan Grassland Health Campus

Gage Brothers is currently producing precast for the addition to Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, S.D.

“I think our vast experience in healthcare projects allows us to offer clients like Avera Health key information about industry trends in design, guidance when it comes to cost, scheduling and constructability and a wealth of lessons learned across the past six decades,” added Kelley.

Gage Brothers is currently in the design and engineering phase of the precast elements for the Avera on Louise Health campus. The precast pieces are being designed in Building Information Modeling (BIM), an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and constructions professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.

Gage Brothers is 100% BIM compliant with its entire drafting and engineering department trained in Revit software. The team has designed more than sixty structures in in BIM since 2013.

“The use of BIM on design-build projects allows Gage Brothers to integrate design through fabrication increasing efficiencies and reducing errors that deliver superior performance precast buildings,” added Kelley.

Recent BIM collaborations include: Sanford Medical Center (Fargo, N. D.), Denny Sanford PREMIER Center (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and the Wells Fargo Downtown East Development (Minneapolis, Minn.).

Production of the precast components for the Avera on Louise Health Campus should begin at the end of this year with installation of the precast slated to begin early in 2018. The first construction phase includes the surgical hospital and a connected medical office building, comprising 260,000 square feet. Opening of the campus is slated for early 2020.

The architect of record for the Avera on Louise project is St. Paul-based BWBR. Gage Brothers and BWBR have collaborated on more than three dozen projects since 1986, including a trio of Avera builds: the Prairie Center, Avera Marshall Cancer Center and the current Avera St. Mary’s hospital expansion.

Minnesota Senate Building
Minnesota Senate Building

The two firms also worked together on the Minnesota Senate Building—named the 2017 Upper Midwest Region Project of the Year by the DBIA (Design Build Institute of America).

Gage Brothers has supplied precast products for several Journey Group builds, such as the Dakota State University Beacom Institute of Technology and USF’s Benedetto Hall.

Builds currently “under construction” include the South Dakota State Performing Arts Center expansion and two new residence halls at Northern State University.

Avera estimates more than 600 construction workers will work on the project, with a two-year payroll of nearly $28 million. Avera Health says using U.S. Department of Commerce economic multipliers; this creates an economic ripple effect that will contribute to 1,200 total jobs and $118 million in earnings.


Since 1915, Gage Brothers has developed precast for more than 10,000 building projects across the U.S., from Flagstaff to Orlando and everywhere in between. From a single pit cover for a local farmer to $500 million healthcare design-builds, there’s no job too big or small. We take pride in every build like it’s our own, and we deliver on-time and on-budget.


Trio of Gage Brothers projects named to Finance & Commerce “Top Projects of 2016” list

Finance & Commerce recently honored Minnesota’s top construction projects with its tenth annual Top Projects Series.

The selected projects were celebrated with an award event on July 26, 2017 and with a daily series in the print publication.

Projects are judged for their degree of difficulty, creativity in design, innovative construction techniques, cooperation among contractors and management, and sustainability efforts.

Projects that completed in 2016 are eligible for honors. All projects are eligible, whether new construction or a major renovation in commercial or residential.

The three Gage Brothers projects named to the list are the Minnesota Senate Building, Maurices Headquarters and the Wells Fargo Downtown East Corporate Campus. In total, Gage Brothers produced 271,651 square feet of precast concrete products for the acclaimed trio.

The Minnesota Senate Building
By Todd Nelson, Finance & Commerce

Project Details

  • Project cost: $89.6 million
  • 54,571 square feet of precast
  • 300 pieces
  • Precast Erection Start Date: May 2015
  • Precast Erection Completion Date: September 2015
  • Project Completion Date: January 2016

Minnesota Senate BuildingThe group had just 20 months to design and build a structure that would house all 67 Minnesota senators, support public participation in the legislative process, and serve the public for a century. The building, which had to be ready for occupancy by January 2016 to accommodate that year’s legislative session, was completed on time.

Architects from St. Paul-based BWBR and Connecticut-based Pickard Chilton, a variety of engineers, and design-builder Mortenson Construction of Golden Valley met daily to collaborate on the design and assess progress.

Design-build team members gathered on the upper floor of a credit union building that Mortenson rented across the street from the project. In industry jargon, it’s called the “Big Room” concept.

The 293,000-square-foot Senate building, the first new legislative building neighboring the Minnesota Capitol since 1932, includes offices for senators and their support staff and serves as a workplace for more than 360 people. It includes a 250-seat theater-style hearing room and two 150-seat hearing rooms.

Citizens and future building occupants offered input on the design. “One of the things that made it ‘of Minnesota’ was the involvement of Minnesotans along the way,” said Stephen Harris, architect with Pickard Chilton.

Maurices Headquarters & City of Duluth Parking Structure
Project Details

  • Project cost: $70 million
  • 66,747 square feet of precast
  • 502 pieces
  • Precast Erection Start Date: March 2015
  • Precast Erection Completion Date: September 2015
  • Project Completion Date: March 2016

By Dan Heilman, Finance & Commerce
An ambitious public-private collaboration recently resulted in downtown Duluth’s largest building, as well as a new headquarters for a leading retailer of women’s clothing. Because the 11-story structure is essentially three buildings in one, it was also one of the more complicated construction projects in the port city’s history.

“This was an unusual project because there was so much at stake for both the public and private partners,” said Connie Shields, project manager for owners Tegra Group. “The volume of city involvement was huge.”

160627_MCG_MAU_088The new Maurices headquarters boasts an exterior of brick, precast concrete and glass. Some complicated thermal requirements were met in order to have four floors of “cold” space for the parking ramp in between multiple floors of conditioned space.

The two-story lobby entrance includes retail and office space, while the second through sixth floors include skywalk infrastructure and the 491-space ramp, which is owned by the city. While most parking ramps aren’t noted for their aesthetic charm, this one has a perforated metal skin to keep headlight glare from escaping the ramp.

“The city needed the parking, so they were able to put together a matching grant program that the state Department of Employment and Economic Development was able to participate in,” said Shields. “That added an extra $20 million to fund the building and provide extra parking for downtown Duluth as well as parking for employees. It was a win-win for everybody.”

Floors seven through 11 contain office space for Maurices and Ascena Retail Group.

Shields noted the monumental amount of teamwork necessary to make the project go, and singled out architect Terry Helland and Dave McLaughlin of McGough Construction for special praise.

“Periodically during construction Dave would say we were using this many miles of wire, this many pounds of a certain material,” she said. “That gave everyone some real perspective of what was going into the project.”

Wells Fargo Downtown East Corporate Campus
By Dan Heilman, Finance & Commerce

Project Details

  • Project cost: $217 million
  • 150,033 square feet of precast
  • 1,044 pieces
  • Completion Date: May 2016

WellsFargo_EXTERIOR_commons_stadium_160926_RYA_DEC_004.jpgThe Star Tribune is in the news business, not the real estate business. So when it decided to sell its downtown Minneapolis headquarters so banking giant Wells Fargo could build a new corporate campus, it was an all-or-nothing proposition.

“They wanted to sell all of the parcel at once,” said Tony Barranco, vice president, real estate development, for Minneapolis-based Ryan Cos. US Inc. “Lining up multiple uses and not wanting to carry a lot of expensive urban land, we didn’t want to carry it without a plan for very long.”

Holding a hot potato such as that parcel of land was only one of the many moving pieces that needed to be negotiated during the development of the Wells Fargo Downtown East Corporate Campus. Also a source of concern was the concurrent construction of U.S. Bank Stadium, which was being built down the street.

“The timing was the most unique challenge,” said Barranco. “Investment in the stadium was an important catalyst. We had to make sure we could catch up to the stadium, because a lot of the overall value of the projects – skyway connections, parking ramp, the Downtown East Commons – all had to keep pace with the schedule the stadium construction was on.”

The final product was worth the angst. The regional headquarters facility has two 17-story towers offering 1.2 million square feet of office space. More than 5,000 Wells Fargo employees work in a space meant to encourage team collaboration and communication. To top off the project and create an inviting atmosphere, Ryan proposed a new 4.2-acre urban park adjacent to the campus, which the city and Wells Fargo both welcomed.

“Projects of that scale don’t get done by one person,” said Barranco. “With a whole lot of people moving in one direction, you can get a lot accomplished, and this was the perfect example.”

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Gage Brothers announces official groundbreaking ceremony for new plant

Facebook Invite_Gage BrothersGage Brothers has announced that it will officially break ground for its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility on Thursday, July 27th at 4:30 p.m.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on the site of the future building, which will be located at 2800 N. Bahnson Avenue in northeast Sioux Falls.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether are expected to attend the ceremony, along with other state, city and company officials.

“Earlier this summer we announced the start of a new era for our company,” said Gage Brothers president Tom Kelley. “I am truly excited to take the next step toward another milestone as we break ground on a new manufacturing facility, which will support our plan to increase production by 60 percent while increasing our employee base by 20 percent in the next five to eight years.”

He added, “We believe this region possesses a great pool of talent, and we look forward to having these exceptional employees build a career with us.”

The new property at N. Bahnson Ave. is on land owned by the Sweetman family south of Benson Road and east of Interstate 229 that is being developed as an industrial park. Once complete, the new plant will consolidate machinery and employees into a single 210,000-square-foot facility spread across 45 acres.

Gage Brothers’ new space is expected to cost about $40 million, which will primarily be financed through Great Western Bank and Gage Bros. Land Company LLC, with additional funding from the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and private investors. The Gage Bros. Land Company is comprised of the Gage Brothers board of directors along with Tom and Fred Gage.


About Gage Brothers

Gage Brothers Concrete Products Incorporated ( was established in 1915 by members of the Gage family and now employs more than 250 employees in northwest Sioux Falls. Employee-owned since 2008, Gage Brothers has a proud tradition of being a leading manufacturer of innovative architectural and structural precast concrete products. Products manufactured at the Sioux Falls plant can be found throughout the upper Midwest, including projects throughout Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The Midwest’s premier precast concrete company registered $40 million in sales last year.