By Jackie Nelson
GVL Poly, a plastic rotational molding company that specializes in agricultural applications will be opening its second facility in Hesston in early 2014.
GVL Poly, in partnership with Silverstone, plan on investing a combined total of $4.6 to $6 million in capital investments, it was announced last Thursday.
The company is not a supplier for AGCO or Excel.
City Administrator John Carder said the proposal for GVL Poly’s Hesston location began early in the year and has moved quickly.
“We got together in January and put together a deal. This is excellent to bring in out-of-state business. They will be a good utility user, which benefits the city. We are very excited to welcome them to the community,” he said.
GVL Poly is partnering with Silverstone in a lease agreement for a 50,000 square-foot facility.
“We do custom rotational molding for commercial, industrial and agricultural use. We do a lot of corn head snouts and some water storage tanks,” said Nathan Hulstein, Vice-President of Product Development.
Not only will GVL Poly bring in additional utility revenue, there are plans for dozens of jobs to be created.
“We are looking at creating 40 jobs in the next two to three years. In the first year, there will be 20 to 25 jobs. These will be basic manufacturing jobs, quality technicians, plant managers, our product development will be in Minnesota, but if the base changes, we may need a team here,” said Hulstein.
Allan Cronen, President/CEO of GVL Poly, said Hesston plant employees will be looking at mid-range salary and hourly pay rates.
“We are looking at $13 to $15 per hour for manufacturing employees. Management, engineers will be looking at the $50,000 to $100,000 salary range,” he said.
Carder said GVL Poly’s Hesston branch is a huge success for the community.
“We spend hours recruiting businesses, and they called us. A satellite industry is good for them and it is good fur us. We have been working with Silverstone and they have been excellent to work with. They have, effectively, supplied the City with a small industrial park.”
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