Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, business leaders, citizens and other government officials crowded into the Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County office Wednesday morning to hear the announcement of a new business in Sedalia. 

TMS International will be opening a new facility in Nucor Steel Sedalia’s rebar mill, bringing 15 new jobs to the Sedalia area. 

“TMS International is the leading provider of onsite industrial steel meal services for steelmakers around the country,” Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County President Rusty Kahrs said in his remarks. “Their new facility will be located within Nucor Sedalia’s rebar mill which is currently under construction. TMS International will hire approximately 15 new employees and make a significant investment to contract its new facility in Sedalia.

“These new positions include heavy equipment operators, mechanics and management personnel,” Kahrs continued. “Nucor’s new mill serves as the anchor tenant to the Sedalia Rail Industrial Park, which can expand to include up to 2,900 acres and be the largest in the Midwest… It’s exciting to announce that TMS Industrial will be the second tenant.” 

TMS International was started in 1926 in the suburbs of Pittsburgh by a man who hauled scrap iron and steel by horse and wagon to the local steel mill. It is now located in 26 states, 17 countries, and has around 4,200 employees.

“We’re celebrating our arrival into the community. This is our 11th Nucor site that we’re involved with,” Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs at TMS International James Leonard told the media. “We’re the largest steel mill services company in the U.S. and one of the largest around the world and we’re just delighted to be here.”

Leonard added that two of the company’s main focuses are the environment and safety, saying it has won various safety awards. 

The facility will provide services for Nucor such as slag handling, scrap optimization, running a water truck, scrap handling, and more. The facility will be located on a 3-acre area, according to Sedalia Site Superintendent John Seaman. Construction on the site is set to begin within a month. 

Seaman and his family moved to the area about three months ago and he said their experience so far has “been great.”

“We love the lifestyle. The slower life was what we were looking for,” Seaman told the media. 

Seaman said he has already hired one employee who has been “great, very reliable, a hard worker” and that hiring will “ramp up in the next month.”

Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe praised the city, community, and government leaders for their efforts on economic development that helped bring Nucor and TMS International to the area. 

“This is what it takes to land businesses and to see companies like Nucor and TMS end up here. We’re just so excited on behalf of the governor…economic development in our state is something that is more than just a phrase,” he said. 

“When you hear Gov. Parson say ‘Missouri forward,’ that’s more than just a hashtag to our administration. It is something that we live, eat and sleep all the time. When we see communities come together when we see companies interested in moving to our state, and especially here we have a lot going on in this Pettis County-Sedalia area. We want to absolutely be partners in that moving forward.”

Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County Executive Director Jessica Craig told the Democrat that Sedalia should be excited about the facility because it is the second tenant in the Sedalia Rail Industrial Park, which will “allow us (economic development) to continue to market additional property to other businesses…”

“It’s exciting because the Nucor recruitment project itself is transformative for our community. It’s even more underscored knowing that the investment that NUCOR is making and has made will have not only a direct economic impact by recruiting more businesses around them, but then the ripple effect that Nucor will have and those affiliate companies will have.”

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