FABCON Precast, a Minnesota based manufacturer of precast, pre-stressed concrete wall panels, is expanding to Pleasanton, Kansas. The new operation will be housed in a plant previously occupied by IPC Inc., a subsidiary of Cretex Companies.
“We’re excited to bring jobs and opportunity for economic growth to an area we already serve,” said Mike LeJeune, FABCON Precast President/CEO. “We are experiencing record growth so proximity to growing markets like the Kansas City area enables us to expand, bring opportunity and reinvest in our company and the community.”
“This plant will make up about 10 percent of our business and can serve as a backup to others to keep up with customer demand,” said Jim Houtman, FABCON Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We are installing two production beds to produce 1.5 million square feet of product annually, and there’s room to double that as we grow.”
FABCON will hire up to 40 associates including engineers and drafters, plant managers and production supervisors, quality and safety assurance staff, skilled manufacturing laborers and construction field personnel as well as administrative support.
According to the Kansas Department of Commerce, FABCON’s projects are typically located within proximity of the plants and include a range of commercial projects such as office buildings, schools, large distribution centers, retail stores, manufacturing and warehouse facilities and data centers. FABCON supplies the wall panels for national retailers, including Walmart, Target, Gander Mountain, Cabela’s, Menards and Home Depot in addition to regional businesses such as Nebraska Furniture Mart and many others.
“It’s exciting that FABCON has decided to open a plant and create good jobs in Pleasanton,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “The company’s investment in Kansas will contribute to the continued growth of our state’s strong manufacturing sector.”