January 29, 2016 – Rapid City, SD: Today, Midco announced that it will build a new facility in Rapid City. The telecommunications company is investing $3 million in the project, which will begin construction in February.
“The facility highlights our continued presence and growth in Rapid City,” says Jon Lundgren, General Operations Manager at Midco. “Local firms Henriksen, Inc., Malone Engineering, Sperlich Consulting and Century Companies are planning and building the facility, which will house all Midco operations in Rapid City in one location for the first time. We’re committed to the Rapid City area, and we’re here for the long haul.”
The 22,000-square-foot building will be located in a newly developing area in east Rapid City near Century Road. After the project finishes in fall 2016, more than 50 employees will be based from the building. Midco’s current Customer Service Center located on West Omaha Street will relocate to the new building, which will also include a warehouse, offices, engineering and networking equipment, and a small TV production studio.
“Midco is a trusted community partner, and we’re thrilled that they’ve decided to construct this centralized facility here in Rapid City. We are grateful for their capital investment in this project, but more importantly, we are excited about Midco’s commitment to our community’s continued growth,” says Benjamin Snow, President of the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership.
“Combining all of our Rapid City spaces into one building will give us the opportunity to more efficiently meet the growing needs of our customers,” says Debbie Stang, Chief Operating Officer at Midco. “The facility’s location also allows us to have a larger, more comfortable Customer Service Center in a rapidly growing area of the city.”
Commitment to the Community
Since Midco began serving Rapid City in 1990, the company and its employees have shown their support for the community. Midco is the premier sponsor of the Rushmore Bowl, which raises money for the Rapid City Stevens and Rapid City Central high schools. In 2015, the Midco Foundation gave $17,000 in grants to Black Hills area charities, local governments and schools.
Midco is also committed to delivering innovation to Rapid City and the Black Hills. The company will bring gigabit Internet speeds – more than five times Midco’s current fastest – to Rapid City and the rest of its footprint by the end of 2017.
To prepare the network for Midco Gig, the company is upgrading all cable TV channels to all digital signals. All customer TVs without Midco equipment will need new equipment by March 22. Midco is offering up to five digital adapters free of monthly leasing charges for each residential and business customer.