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Daktronics participates in building process

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With less than 9 months to go, the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center is taking shape. Friday, crews installed four Daktronics billboard screens above the main entrance. All a part of the goal to have at least 85% of the project made with local participation.

Daktronics has designed innovated LED video messaging and scoreboards for about 40 years. Based up in Brookings, but known internationally, members of the team are thrilled to be working on the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center right in their backyards.

Four large digital billboards will create one of the larger exterior billboards this city has ever seen.

"It's rare we have a chance to have a job in our backyard. We have a manufacturing facility in Sioux Falls. Living in town, It's rare to have a job in my backyard, literally. Nice to have a job don't have to travel far for," Daktronics Project Manager Aaron Louwagie said.

That was the city's goal: to have more than 3/4 of the project made with local participation.

"This project is tax-funded, it's a public building for this community. To say that 85% of the people who work on the project are working are men and women. It makes us all very proud to receive that accomplishment," City Special Project Manager Kendra Siemonsma said.

"We do all our manufacturing here or in Brookings. This outdoor billboard was made in Sioux Falls. Everything down to the raw product parts, assembling the LED parts, fabrication was done here. This is really built in town," Louwagie said.

And fresh off the assembly line, the exterior digital billboard is one of their best products. Each one weighs more than 2,300 pounds. Together, all four boards stretch 14 feet tall and 48 feet wide.

"People will drive by it, go to the events center for events, functions, concerts games. We take a lot of pride into the product we put into our venues," Louwagie said.

Next month, Daktronics crews will move inside to install several products. The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center is on track to open in September.

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