Manufacturer Plays Role in Aiding Flood Relief in South Dakota

Yankton, SD - High-performance equipment from aggregate, construction and recycling equipment manufacturers KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens played an important role in recent flood relief efforts during an extensive sandbagging operation in Dakota Dunes, SD.

The South Dakota National Guard used a Series 271 Screening Plant, which was engineered and manufactured at KPI-JCI in Yankton, S.D., to fill sandbags that were carried by a UH60 Blackhawk helicopter in an attempt to raise and reinforce levees along the Missouri River. The 271K Screening Plant is owned by Harold Goeden of First Rate Excavate, Inc., in Sioux Falls, SD, and was set up by Dean Stalheim, sales representative for General Equipment, a KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens authorized dealer.

The 271K Screening Plant is a simple-to-use, highly reliable screening plant capable of processing sand and gravel, topsoil, slag, crushed stone and recycled materials. The equipment is now manufactured at Astec Mobiles Screens in Sterling, Ill., and known as the 271 Incline Screen.

Company president Joe Vig said it was rewarding to see KPI-JCI equipment used in such an important disaster relief measure. "The Series 271 Screening Plant was designed and manufactured right here in Yankton," he said. "The plant can process up to 250 tons per hour of feed material, making it an optimal machine to use during this operation. This state-of-the-art technology was engineered and built for this type of application."

For more information about the 271K Screening plant, visit here. To view video footage of the 271 Screen plant working with the UH60 Blackhawk helicopter, courtesy of South Dakota Public Broadcasting, visit