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Palmer Manufacturing and Tank Expands Its Garden City, Kansas Location, Plans 50 Percent Increase In Workforce

Area Development Online News Desk (08/21/2013)
Palmer Manufacturing and Tank plans to expand its production center at 2814 West Jones Avenue in Garden City, Kansas. A manufacturer of steel and fiberglass tanks for companies in the oil and gas industry, Palmer anticipates creating more than 100 new jobs during the next two years.

In April Worthington Industries’ Pressure Cylinders division acquired Palmer Mfg. & Tank, which also manufactured fiberglass tanks for agricultural, chemical and general industrial applications. The firm employs approximately 200 people at its 184,000 square foot facility in Garden City.

“We are very excited to add the capabilities of Palmer to further the growth in Pressure Cylinders,” Andrew Billman, president of the business segment, said earlier this year. “The Palmer business strengthens our energy position and fits our strategy to geographically expand in the oil and gas industry. When combined with our alternative fuel cylinder business and our entry into the cryogenics arena, we are broadening our energy product offerings.” Billman added, “This strategy allows us to participate in the expanding North American oil and gas markets, as well as global growth in alternatives for gas and diesel to power vehicles, which include compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, autogas and hydrogen.”

Palmer manufactures both steel and fiberglass tanks in a comprehensive range of sizes and is strategically located to serve the Bakken formation in North Dakota, the Uinta and Denver-Julesburg basins, along with several of the shale formations in northern Texas, Worthington noted.

“Worthington continues to pursue new markets that are accelerating our growth,” said John McConnell, Chairman and CEO. “The acquisition of the Palmer business, together with our recent acquisition of Westerman, gives us a strong footprint in the oil and gas industry. This high-value added manufacturing business complements our existing capabilities and should generate strong commercial synergies.”

“Palmer has been creating good manufacturing jobs in Kansas for many years,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “It’s exciting that the company has decided to expand in Garden City. The new jobs will help drive economic growth in our state.”

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