Bliek’s Repair is the second tenant set for the expanded Hull Industrial Development Corporation park opposite Hayes Avenue.
“I think it’s great to have two tenants for the park already,” Hull city administrator Les Van Roekel said. “We wish Dusty (Bliek, business owner) the best. He’s a young business owner and it’s been great to keep him in Hull.”
Other locales such as Rock Valley and, to a lesser extent, Boyden looked at Bliek’s Repair. But, Bliek opted to stay.
“I’m excited for the move,” Bliek said, “and to get going to use the new space the city has to offer. I wanted to stay in town. We have the concrete floor poured and the roof and walls are (partially) erected.”
Sewer and water has already been installed at the location.
Bliek reported framing has begun on an attached office space. The street and approaches need to be constructed. Power and Internet capabilities are needed as well.
The facility will be located at 201 Commerce Street. The current location is 1042 Railroad Street.
For Bliek, it’s a race against time. In early August, the Hull Cooperative Association will take over his current space for additional operations. Dusty hopes to be in his new center on Aug. 8.
Bliek’s Repair manufactures hog gates for confinements. The company has three full-time employees, including Dusty’s father, Roy, Mike Engelstad and Miguel Andres.
Understandably, Bliek is pleased about the move.
“It’s going to be a nice area for us,” Bliek said. “We will have an efficient building.”
The current building has no insulation, and cooling the facility has been an area of concern. The new facility will have air conditioning, a welcome feature considering how hot the recent days have been.
“Our productivity will be more efficient, too,” Bliek said. “We will be able to get more done and we have the availability to expand.”
Bliek’s Repair, which has been in business since September 2008, will have an 80×100-foot main building and a 40×30-foot office. It will feature 16-foot sidewalls.
Dusty reported the new facility is 2-1/2 times bigger than the current operation. There will be space for tools and a break area. A second office will be constructed inside the main building for potential expansion.
There will be a manufacturing area, a paint bay, and a spot for the computer-controlled numerical cutter, which cuts parts from flat stock metal.
Bliek’s Repair is essentially a subsidiary of Van Voorst Equipment, when Terry Van Voorst couldn’t keep up with the demand for hog confinement gates a few years ago.
Dusty reported business has picked up this year with increasing construction of hog confinements in Sioux County.
Bliek’s Repair sells to producers here, South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska.
Dusty Bliek is a 2001 graduate of Boyden-Hull High School. Then he went to Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie, Wyo., to become a welder. He is married and lives in Hull.