Rapid City is not just a tourist town anymore. Fueled by the expertise generated at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and fostered by the Black Hills Business Development Center, Rapid City has become home to technology-based entrepeneurship.

Here are a few examples.

RPM Innovations, Inc.

RPM Innovations, Inc. is a high-tech engineering and manufacturing firm located in Rapid City, South Dakota. Its unique Laser Deposition Technology builds freeform parts directly from CAD data and repairs parts previously considered non-repairable. RPM Innovations’ customers include Department of Defense, Aerospace Industry, Oil and Gas, and Power and Mining Industry clients.

Fenske Media

Print long and Prosper! Fenske Media offers direct marketers the ability to connect with the most robust digital print technology in the industry via two KODAK PROSPER Xli inkjet print platforms. Capable of running at speeds of 1000 feet per minute, the PROSPERS are capable of handling 240 million US letter pages a month—all variable data, all duplex process color on Gloss, Matte or Offset substrates. In addition to offering clients a full range of services from strategic planning through digital print solutions to state-of-the-art analytics, Fenske Media is committed to eco-friendly business practices.

Its new Solar Energy installation is the latest example of this commitment. In the first 60 days and all types of weather, the Fenske Solar farm generated:

  • 25,920 solar Kilowatt Hours
  • 39,430 Pounds of CO2 offset, equal to 49,897 Miles driven

The average house consumes 903 Kilowatt hours per month. The Fenske Solar farm produces enough energy to power 29 homes for a month.

The Majorana Demonstrator assembly room

The Majorana Demonstrator assembly room

Sanford Underground Research Facility

Researchers at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in nearby Lead, South Dakota, go deep underground to try to answer some of the most challenging physics questions about the universe. What is the origin of matter? What is dark matter and how do we know it exists? What are the properties of neutrinos?

The LUX dark matter detector, inside its water tank

The LUX dark matter detector, inside its water tank

Sanford Lab is located at the former Homestake gold mine, a physics landmark long before being converted into a dedicated science facility. Nuclear chemist Ray Davis first recognized the potential for deep science in the mid-1960s when he built his solar neutrino experiment at Homestake. In 2002, his ground-breaking research earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics.

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