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Hub City businesses continue to show strong job creation

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According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Labor, 200 thousand new jobs were added nationwide in the past month.

Department officials are hoping those numbers will translate into increased hiring over the coming months.

According to the most recent numbers, Aberdeen has 1457 job openings.

Business at Hub City Incorporated is booming.

For more than 100 years Hub City has been manufacturing closed gear drives for clients all over North America.

"We have a very broad base and we have 3500 distributor locations around the country, we also have over 4000 customers," Hub City, Inc, Vice President/General Manager Jim Campbell said.

Campbell says having a diverse market has helped to keep Hub City in business for more than a century.

According to Executive Director Julie Johnson with Absolutely! Aberdeen, it's that diversity that has helped companies like Hub City to continue to prosper in South Dakota's business climate.

"We're very blessed to be in this situation, but a whole lot of people can be thanked for this, Johnson said. "They took a lot of risk, and the leadership and the followership of our community positioned Aberdeen to continue to grow."

The Hub City plant in Aberdeen employs around 400 people.

Campbell says having so many buyers allows the company to continue to expand, because when one market or industry is down another is up.

He says having so many different customers has allowed them to continually add jobs.

"We're always looking for employees and we are constantly in the hiring process. So we don't go out of the hiring process," Campbell said.

Campbell says most of the people being hired are from the immediate area.

He says Hub City currently has about 20 openings, which he says for in the first time in the company's history that he's aware of; they're having a hard time filling.

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