A Box 4 U, which makes blast-resistant buildings, is adding a second manufacturing facility in Wichita and plans to hire 32 more workers over the next four years.
The company plans to invest more than $5 million at the second plant at 401 W. 47th St. South.
The company will keep its current operation at 4340 S. West St.
The company is owned by Wichita businessman and real estate broker Jeff Lange.
It started out providing storage containers and offices in the Wichita area. Its work with Conoco Phillips in Ponca City, Okla., led the company to design and build blast-resistant shipping containers for use as mobile offices for petroleum and chemical refiners. It has now evolved into built-from-scratch buildings as well.
The company worked with the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition on the expansion. Wichita City Council is expected to vote on proposed 10-year property tax abatement on the second building.
In return for the tax abatement, A Box 4 U promised to increase its workforce from 46 employees to 78. Positions include sales, project management and support services, such as accounting and information technology, among others. The average annual wage of the new jobs will be about $46,000, according to a release from the company.