Newell Rubbermaid is expanding its Winfield facility and moving 200 jobs from its Texas operations to the site.
The company is investing $26.6 million to expand the Winfield site, which will include a 500,000 square-foot distribution center adjacent to the current facilities.
Newell Rubbermaid is also adding manufacturing space in order to build Rubbermaid-brand outdoor refuse and home organization products.
Rubbermaid’s Winfield site currently builds outdoor storage and outdoor living products, insulated water coolers and ice chests.
The Kansas Department of Commerce announced the expansion on Thursday.
“The continued commitment Newell Rubbermaid has shown to Winfield and Kansas is certainly great news,” Gov. Sam Brownback said in a statement. “This expansion and the jobs associated with it will provide a much needed economic boost to Cowley County.”
The expansion is projected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The company worked with the commerce department, city of Winfield and Cowley County Economic Development Partnership. It is eligible for incentives, such as Promoting Employment Across Kansas, Kansas Industrial Training funding and other programs.
The Winfield plant’s history dates back to 1916, the company said, when H.P. Gott founded Gott Manufacturing to produce metal water coolers. The introduction of plastic components in the 1960s led to the first “all plastic” water cooler and other breakthroughs in the consumer products industry. Since then the product line has been expanded and facilities have undergone massive changes.
Rubbermaid acquired Gott in 1986.