Vaderstad gifts $200,000 to sister cities Wahpeton, North Dakota, and Breckenridge, Minnesota
Most of the $200,000 donation will be used for the Wahpeton Baseball Association’s facility.
Vaderstad, a Swedish agricultural equipment manufacturing company, has donated $200,000 to the cities of Wahpeton, North Dakota, and Breckenridge, Minnesota for recreational and athletic facilities.
Vaderstad’s U.S. headquarters are in Wahpeton. In May 2021, Vaderstad acquired Wil-Rich, forming Vaderstad Inc. Since then, it has incorporated, in addition to Wil-Rich, the Wishek and Concord product lines into its seeding, tillage and planting product lines manufactured in Wahpeton.
Vaderstad is building a 44,000-square-foot mixed use facility next to its established 325,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Wapheton. Construction of the new building is scheduled to be completed in March 2024. The building will support up to 80 employees and includes training spaces for employees and equipment dealers.
Most of the $200,000 donation, including 10 years of naming rights to the stadium will be used for the Wahpeton Baseball Association’s facility. The facility will be Vaderstad Stadium at John Randall Field during the 10-year period.
Besides the baseball facility, Vaderstad’s donation to Wahpeton and Breckenride will fund projects including improvement of the Breckenridge High School football field, features at the Breckenridge Family Aquatic Center and improvements for Wahpeton High School’s track and field program.
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Breckenridge Mayor Russ Wilson and Wahpeton Mayor Brett Lambrecht expressed appreciation for the company’s presence in the city and its support of its employees.
“It’s fantastic of them to have the community involvement, the amenity for when their employees are off duty,” Wilson said.
“We’re just really happy to have them in our community. Having that employee network in our community is just huge for Wahpeton,” Lambrecht said.