• SIOUX FALLS, SD  (4/10/2012)  – Norma Allen of Sturgis was recognized by Gov. Dennis Daugaard in Sioux Falls for her achievements and contributions to economic development.

     Allen was honored with the Excellence in Economic Development award, which is given out at the annual Governor’s Economic Development Conference.

     Allen and her late husband moved their firearm company to Sturgis in 1985, and started what has become the largest firearm-manufacturing cluster in the state.  “Norma Allen has donated her time, provided leadership to the state, and helped cultivate new prospects for South Dakota communities in the firearm industry,” the Governor said. “She was also a driving force in the fundraising and unveiling of two Sturgis interstate welcome signs that have become very popular photo stops for visitors.”

     The generosity of Allen has touched all ages and economic groups, and it has inspired countless others to become involved in economic and community activities, Gov. Daugaard said.

     Allen will receive a $2,000 cash prize to be used for an economic development project in the Sturgis/Meade County region. 

    (Excerpts from the GOED press release)