Cleaning products company Hillyard, Inc. will expand in St. Joseph, Missouri. The $50 million project is expected to retain more than 200 jobs.
The company will remediate a previously owned downtown St. Joseph site to serve as an expanded campus and an attractive, modern distribution center. The expansion follows the purchase of a 25-acre property in St. Joseph, where the company will build state-of-the-art manufacturing and warehousing operations. The new distribution center is planned to be fully operational by late 2023.
“Downtown St. Joseph has been an important part of our history; we’ve thrived here for generations. Hillyard is committed to St. Joseph, and plan to be here for decades to come,” said Brett Carolus, Hillyard Chief Administrative Officer. “This project was made possible by a public and private collaboration among Hillyard, the city, county and state, and it will be great for the community.”
For its expansion, Hillyard used the Brownfield Remediation Program, which provides financial benefits to redevelop contaminated commercial or industrial sites.
“This is a great example of a great company breathing new life into a downtown area to help provide new economic and social benefits to their community,” said Maggie Kost, Acting Director of the Department of Economic Development. “We’re grateful for the efforts of all who made this project a success, and proud that our Brownfield Remediation Program could help Hillyard revitalize and reinvigorate this site.”
Founded in St. Joseph in 1907, Hillyard manufacturers, packages and distributes commercial cleaning products for hospitals, colleges, school districts, and more.
“Hillyard deciding to remain in St. Joseph, keeping 200 jobs here and redeveloping a former heavy industrial site is invaluable,” said Natalie Redmond, President and CEO of the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce. “The dedication of the company and the partnership between the State of Missouri, Buchanan County and the City of St. Joseph to make this endeavor possible is incredibly important to downtown revitalization and the future of manufacturing here.”
Hillyard operates three additional distribution centers in Missouri and played an integral role in supplying critically needed cleaning and hygiene products during the pandemic.