Local manufacturer Hyspeco will be constructing a 30,000 square foot facility and relocating part of their manufacturing as well as opening a retail center.
According to Hyspeco Manager Jason VanDerwall, the new facility will be constructed by November of this year.
“We are hoping to have the walls up and the roof on my November and the building in use by Thanksgiving,” said VanDerwall.
The majority of the space will be used for subassembly for Excel Industries.
“We are looking at manufacturing and assembly jobs – light manufacturing and light assembly,” he said.
VanDerwall said Hyspeco works primarily with Excel Industries at the Hesston facility.
“We do 90 percnt of our work for Excel in that location,” he said.
VanDerwall added that rather than 12 jobs, Hyspeco will be seeking over two dozen new employees.
”In the manufacturing assembly, we are looking at 25 new jobs,” he said.
In addition to the additional manufacturing space, VanDerwall said a retail area will be added.
“The retail space will be opening around January first. It will be a ParkerStore. We are a Parker Hannifin distributor They are hydraulic stores where people can come in and have a hose made, or buy a pump or valve,” he said.
VanDerwall said opening the retail space in Hesston is a commitment to the community.
“We are trying to become a part of the community. We could have put this anywhere. But it was important to give back,” he said.
VanDerwall said Hyspeco will begin looking for employees immediately.
“We have contracts with temp agencies. If they fill out an application in our office, we will send them through the temp agency,” he said.
With the transition to the new facility, VanDerwall said a new business will be moving to one of the current Hyspeco buildings.
“We have had two buildings, 225 and 226 Main for a year now. It is business as usual but we will move into a bigger facility. We will keep one and lease the other to All-Pro, the nut and bolt house that will take care of Excel. They will set it up to have a little retail business coming out of it too, at some point,” he said.
According to City Administrator John Carder said Hyspeco’s expansion was a fast-paced move.
“We were contacted approximately one month ago about their need to expand,” he said.
Carder said, however, the City helped connect Hyspeco with King Construction to negotiate the purchase of the property the new facility will be built on.
“The city introduced them but was not involved in the negotiations. Their agreement did set the price for the land and it was offered to the city at the same price," he said.
The expansion is not only positive news for a growing business, but the City will benefit as well.
"The land is currently on the tax rolls. As I understand it this company does not qualify for tax exemption since they do not plan on issuing industrial revenue bonds and therefore will come onto the tax rolls when the building is completed," said Carder.