The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that E.C. Manufacturing, an advanced manufacturing startup that will produce small electronic components, has selected the City of Shawnee for its operations.
The company is expected to create 252 new jobs over the next three years and make an estimated capital investment of more than $6 million to set up its production facility and headquarters.
“Shawnee is pleased to welcome E.C. Manufacturing to our business community,” said Mayor Jeff Meyers. “Shawnee continues to exhibit the business environment, skilled workforce, and quality public infrastructure and resources that enable advanced manufacturing companies to thrive.”
E.C. Manufacturing is affiliated with Heatron, a Leavenworth, KS based company specializing in thermal management and heating element design and solutions, as well as LED Integration.
The EC startup operations will be housed in a 142,000 sq ft industrial property which was previously occupied by a division of Thales. The facility was shuttered when the jobs were moved out of Kansas, and the lot has been listed as available for sale since then.
The City of Shawnee did not offer any incentives to E.C. Manufacturing. The Dept. of Commerce has offered state incentives, but details were not provided.
“It’s always exciting to see new businesses open their doors, and it’s even more exciting when they choose to do so in Kansas,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “E.C. Manufacturing will create a lot of new jobs in the state, helping the continued growth of the Kansas economy.”
The Shawnee Economic Development Council worked with the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas City Area Development Council to secure the project.
“It’s great to begin the year with a significant number of advanced manufacturing jobs completely new to our region, as well as seeing those jobs here and not overseas,” said Bob Marcusse, president and CEO, Kansas City Area Development Council. “We congratulate E.C Manufacturing, the city of Shawnee and the state of Kansas on this good news.”