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March 17, 2015

Adams ISC moving up

Adams ISC is moving its Rapid City operation next door to the Deadwood Avenue space formerly home to Rapid Chevrolet.

You would think the sprawling property, once home to one of the region’s car dealerships, should meet the needs of Adams ISC for some time to come.

“Actually,” said Duff Kruse, Adams ISC president, “we’re kind of outgrowing it already. We’re looking at adding onto the building.”

Kruse said the Rushmore Region location is ideal place to serve the oilfields and energy businesses in North Dakota and Wyoming.

Kruse, who spent his entire career in the Rushmore Region, is well aware of the challenges the industrial community has traditionally faced. Shipping products to industrial centers on the East Coast, the West Coast and Asia can be expensive. But with the oil boom in neighboring states, the Rushmore Region is a key supply center.

“We were forever at a geographical disadvantage,” he said. “Now we’re geographically advantageous. We’re in the right spot.”

Adams ISC supplies industrial customers in four project groups: Machining & Fabrication Group, Bearings, Power Transmission & Hydraulics Group, Equipment & Hydraulic Repair Group, and Pipe & Vessel Group. It has offices in Rapid City and Williston, N.D.

In this region, Kruse said, Adams ISC is primarily involved in the power transmission, bearings and hydraulics. When a customer has an equipment breakdown, they need to get it fixed in a hurry. “This is basically a customer service business,” Kruse said.

The company has about 70 employees, and it does a lot of business with the energy industry. Its current Rapid City facility is about 42,000 square feet. The new facility will add about 20,000 square feet of space. Kruse said construction crews are still converting the building, but he expects to make the move in April.

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