North Dakota Business Plays Critical Role in Rural Community Economy

“I really think companies like ours are the backbone of communities,” said Tim Eggert, owner and president of Sheyenne Tooling and Manufacturing. “Not only do we employ a number of people in the community, but from a business perspective, these communities seem to have such a special niche around the work ethic. These are people who are proud and anxious to come to work.

Sheyenne Tooling has deep roots and a rich history in Cooperstown, beginning in the 1970s. Throughout its history, Sheyenne Tooling and Manufacturing was known as a leading tool and die company in the region. According to Eggert, the former owners of the company started adding different agricultural products to complement their tooling and die work.

The company manufactures a range of agricultural products, such as augers, a variety of attachments and other products. He also works with large companies.

“We also do a number of subcontracting for larger manufacturers, such as John Deere and Bobcat,” Eggert said.

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Cooperstown, ND is a rural community.  Photo taken March 10, 2021 in Cooperstown, ND (Emily Beal / Agweek)

Cooperstown, ND is a rural community. Photo taken March 10, 2021 in Cooperstown, ND (Emily Beal / Agweek)

With a population of approximately 1,000, Cooperstown is a tight-knit rural community. Sheyenne Tooling and Manufacturing is proud to employ many of the city’s residents.

“Right now we employ just over 60 people and we are currently the second largest employer here in Cooperstown,” said Eggert. “I think the employees we have here are definitely small town people who have small town values ​​and who appreciate that type of lifestyle. “

Like many businesses and businesses, Sheyenne Tooling and Manufacturing has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Eggert, his business suffered for two to three months, with its business slowing at a breakneck pace. However, Sheyenne Tooling and Manufacturing’s business has since grown.

“In fact, since business is picking up, I almost feel like demand has exploded and people are ordering to make up for lost time,” Eggert said.

Despite the setback, Sheyenne Tooling and Manufacturing remains committed to creating a positive and productive work environment for her employees.

Sheyenne Tooling and Manufacturing sells a line of agricultural products.  Photo taken March 10, 2021 in Cooperstown, ND (Emily Beal / Agweek)

Sheyenne Tooling and Manufacturing sells a line of agricultural products. Photo taken March 10, 2021 in Cooperstown, ND (Emily Beal / Agweek)

“At Sheyenne Tooling and Manufacturing, we really strive to make it the best place to work,” Eggert said.

Eggert also encourages those considering starting a business in a rural community to take the risk, as he believes rural communities offer an abundance of bright spots.

“It will definitely be a lot of hard work and a lot of hours, but it’s definitely a rewarding experience, especially working with these people in small towns and communities. It’s really precious, ”Eggert said.

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