Made in SD: Canton roller pavers used all over the world

CANTON, S.D. (KSFY) - Construction seems to go on and on and on, and we've all been on road trips and seen bridges being paved or roads getting torn up. Interestingly enough, a piece of equipment in action during many road projects is made in South Dakota.

"Bid-Well actually started making their first paver in 1961...in a garage in Harrisburg, South Dakota," Terex Bid-Well Operations Supervisor Greg Lohan said.

Terex Bid-Well gets its name from one of its founders, S.P. "Tex" Bid-Well.

"Tex had an idea that his job could be done a lot better with a machine than scraping concrete with a 2 x 4. He got together with Murray Rowe, and they put the first paver together," Lohan said.

From its Harrisburg roots the company has been a staple in Canton now for close to half a century, employing about 55 people.

"There's three main pavers that we build today. One is a 2450, one is a 3600 and one is a 48 hundred. Our pavers are built in mind that they can be used on bridges, canals, airports...they've even been used on speedways for making race tracks," Lohan said.

They can be found all over the world. Just take a look at Bid-Well's Website.

"Bid-Well has been out in literally every country. They have been in rain forests, poured roads through rain forests, they've been in canals, you name it they've been on a lot of different jobs," Lohan said.

You notice the pavers because of their bright yellow color and Bid-Well Sticker on the side.

Terex Bid-Well ships 4-6 machines out of Canton a month. Management says the company is working to expand, so more jobs could be created in the future. As of now, Lohan says they are always looking for skilled workers.