Representatives of Rogers, Ark.-based Stribling Inc. told community members and public officials they were “pushing out the walls” of the company’s existing facility during an expansion announcement Wednesday morning.
Bill Stribling, owner, and Bob Simon, plant manager, used an Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County event to announce a $1 million, 42,000 square foot expansion at their existing facility at 107 Curry Drive in the Thompson Meadows Industrial Park. The expansion, which should be completed in November, more than doubles the size of the facility and is expected to create two to three new jobs in the coming months.
“We originally came in and put up a 30,000 square foot building (in 1998) and thought that would hold us for quite a while,” Stribling said. “When we originally purchased the lot at Thompson Meadows that was mainly because it was expandable. To be quite honest, because of the folks here … I just didn’t think I would find a place with a friendlier business environment to get us where we need to go. It was a natural for us.”
Stribling said the packaging distribution company specializes in “anything that helps our customers get their product to market in good shape” including corrugated packaging and protective materials.
Stribling and Simon both praised the support and assistance provided by EDSPC and city and county officials in helping foster an environment for their company to grow.
“We love to grow our business and this is a great place to do so,” Stribling said. “Stribling owes a lot of our growth to our customers, our employees, the business-friendly environment and the cooperation of our local partners. In Sedalia, we enjoy a great atmosphere for our company.”
EDSPC Board President Rusty Khars thanked the company for choosing to expand locally, calling existing businesses “the foundation of our economy.”
“Thank you for saying the loudest accolade we can receive,” Khars told company officials. “That you believe in us enough to come back and expand on what you built in 1998. There is no greater testimony to our community than that which you have given us today.”
Khars also pointed to the county’s Central Enhanced Enterprise Zone (one of three such zones in the county) which offers tax incentives to businesses that build or expand facilities in the zones’ coverage areas.
“The Central Enhanced Enterprise Zone was again instrumental in this company’s decision and in their ability to do this expansion,” Khars said.
According to Khars, as of June 2013, the CEEZ, established in 2005, has seen some $227 million in investment and the creation of more than 1,600 jobs.