Continental Commercial Products, a subsidiary of Katy Industries, Inc., announced plans to relocate their manufacturing and warehouse operations to Jefferson City, MO.
Supported by Cole County and Jefferson City economic development incentives, the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce and the property owners, the company is leasing the former RR Donnelley building.
The 653,000-square-foot facility dates back to 1967, but has been vacant since RR Donnelley closed its operations in Jefferson City in Oct 2013 and let go 475 employees. The CCP deal fills a major part of the facility and brings back many of the jobs that were lost.
CCP is leasing 534,000 square feet in the building and plans to create up to 200 new jobs for Jefferson City and Cole County, with operations at the new facility slated to begin by the end of the year.
The company’s janitorial and food service cleaning products manufacturing operations are currently located in Bridgeton, MO. Apart from the RR Donnelley site in Jefferson City, the company also considered other locations St. Louis, MO; Fort Wayne, IN and Vandalia, IL for the relocation.
Brian Nichols, vice president for Human Resources, CCP, said in a release announcing the relocation that they commend Jefferson City, Cole County, the Chamber of Commerce and their business partners for the effort they put forward during the selection process.
Nichols added that the benefits associated with this location made Jefferson City the best option for relocation of their manufacturing facility.
Jefferson City Mayor Eric J. Struemph likewise said in the release that the cooperation between the City, Cole County, the Chamber of Commerce and the owners of the facility all coming together to bring resources and support makes this project a great win for the Jefferson City area.
The package of Cole County and Jefferson City economic development incentives being offered to secure the project include real estate tax abatements and a grant for infrastructure improvements supporting the project. The property owner, 321 Wilson Drive LLC, has additionally agreed to pay Continental Commercial Products, LLC $1,700,000 as a landlord incentive payment for entering into the lease.
Cole County Presiding Commissioner Sam Bushman said in the release that they are pleased the former RR Donnelley building will continue being utilized and operating. Commissioner Bushman added that the 650,000-square-foot facility is a very large property, and they are thrilled there will be new jobs created in the community.