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Farm machinery manufacturer Degelman Industries opened its Hillsboro location in 2016. Company officials announced plans for a $7 million expansion and building addition this week.

Degelman Industries has announced a $7 million expansion that could create 35 to 50 new full-time jobs at its manufacturing and distribution center in Hillsboro.

General manager Justin Kleckner said Tuesday that he’d love to see crews break ground on the farming equipment manufacturer’s 26,000-square-foot building addition late this fall or winter, although a spring start seems more likely.

“I’m excited about this and the opportunities it creates for our employees,” Kleckner said.

“We’ve been here a short period of time and I think the commitment from our staff … and management team shows that this team is deserving of an expansion and they can handle it long term.”

Located along Interstate 29 south of Total Ag Industries, Degelman Industries opened its Hillsboro plant at 105 S. Boeddeker Dr. in summer 2016.

The Regina, Saskatchewan-based company initially had plans to hire 8 to 15 employees at its Hillsboro site, which was penciled in to serve as the Canadian company’s U.S. distribution center.

However, shortly after opening, the company announced it would begin manufacturing some of its farm equipment locally and began hiring welders, fabricators, painters and support staff.

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