At a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the city of Maize’s first industrial park and tenant there, the developer said there could be another announcement coming soon for a second tenant.
The potential tenant, Maize Industrial Park developer Dave Larson said at the ceremony, could bring with it 50 to 60 employees.
“We should have that (announcement) in the next week or so,” said Larson, president of Reiloy Westland Corp., which will have a 55,000-square-foot building in the 28-acre park near the northwest corner of 53rd and 119th.
Larson would not name the potential tenant of the park in an interview following the groundbreaking.
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The park will be Maize’s first industrial park, said Maize city administrator Richard LaMunyon.
“It’s a very joyous occasion for us,” LaMunyon said in his opening remarks at the ceremony, which was attended by 40 people Tuesday morning at Maize City Hall.
Plans to hold the groundbreaking at the park were scrapped Monday because of temperatures that were in the mid-20s Tuesday morning.
The park is divided into three lots: two that are about 10 acres each and a third that is about five acres.
Larson and his wife, Deborah, are developing it through their company, 1735 S. Maize Road LLC, which is the current address from which Reiloy Westland will be moving. Larson said he has an option to add 60 more acres to the park.
He said Reiloy Westland has been growing and needs more space than its current 25,000-square-foot building offers.
“We’ve just simply outgrown the facility,” Larson said at the groundbreaking.
Reiloy Westland manufactures screws and barrels for companies that process plastics, including Molex, 3M and General Motors. Larson owned the company until 2012, when he sold it to German company Reifenhauser Gruppe.
He hopes to have the building, which will be constructed by Evans Building Co., ready to occupy early next summer.
The company employs 59 workers and “conservatively” plans to add 15 more employees in the next five years, Larson said.
LaMunyon said the industrial park is being privately developed. He said the city of Maize will assist in developing streets and other infrastructure for the park. There also will be tax breaks on construction of the Reiloy Westland building and a 10-year property tax abatement.
The industrial park is part of Maize’s four-pronged approach to grow the city. Other areas of focus include new housing developments, revitalization of older neighborhoods and recruitment of commercial businesses.
“We opened six new business (in Maize) last year,” LaMunyon said.