Grand Prairie Foods is a family-owned factory that makes prepared foods, like breakfast sandwiches, for hotels, hospitals and brands like Hormel.
Factories of all sorts have become increasingly automated, but there’s no easy way to automate putting sausage on a biscuit. The low unemployment rate in Sioux Falls has made workers scarce, which is one of the reasons the Loudenbacks came to rely on the refugee community.
The area’s growing immigrant community has not come without tensions. Last year, refugee resettlement groups decided to bring fewer people to the area, concerned about animosity toward new immigrants. In 2017, President Trump announced he would cap refugee admissions nationwide at 45,000, a historic low.