On Thursday, Oct. 17, Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County held their ninth annual Manufacturing Milestone Recognition Banquet at the Sedalia Country Club. It was the largest turnout in the nine years of the event.
The President of the Economic Development Corporation Rusty Kahrs served as the master of ceremonies for the banquet. The purpose of the event is to recognize industries in Pettis County that have served the area throughout the years.
Many public and elected officials were in attendance including Sedalia council members Bob Cross, Steve Galliher and Jo Lynn Turley. Also in attendance were Mayor Elaine Horn, Community Development Director John Simmons and Public Works Director Bill Beck.
Several county officials were in attendance as well, including commissioners Brent Hampy and Jim Marcum. Missouri State Representatives Stanley Cox, Mike Parsons and Dean Dohrman were there as well to lend their support to the economic development in Pettis County.
Kahrs began by thanking everyone for their support of economic development.
“The industry sectors we serve, our finest corporate citizens are the manufacturing, distribution/warehouse, logistics, technology and energy sectors. In addition, as a token of our appreciation each year, we take this opportunity to pay tribute to the companies within those sectors who are celebrating milestone anniversaries in Pettis County in five year increments,” Kahrs said.
The first company recognized was Black Dawn Armory for their five years of manufacturing their own brand of firearms in Sedalia. Black Dawn Armory employs seven people and they are looking to expand their operations.
Neat Tooling Solutions, Inc. was also recognized for their five years of operation. Neat Tooling is a local manufacturer of tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, stampings and special machines. They currently have 12 employees.
Heritage Fabrication was honored for their 10 years of operation. Heritage Fabrication manufactures tight tolerance parts at a competitive price. Gardner-Denver is one of their largest customers. Heritage Fabrication employs 16 people.
The next business to be honored was Independent Electric Company for their 15 years of business. Independent Electric currently has seven locations and the Sedalia location employs four people. They sell service and repair electric motors, generators, hoists and many other electric items.
Stribling Packaging was also honored for their 15 years of business. Stribling Packaging manufactures and distributes corrugated packaging and related accessories. Their largest customer is Tyson Foods.
Ideal Tool and Manufacturing was honored for their 20 years of service in Pettis County. Ideal Tool is a precision machine shop and they currently have 20 employees.
Tyson Foods was also honored for their 20 years of operation in the Sedalia area. Tyson Foods is the largest protein provider in the U.S., as well as employing more than 1,600 people in the Sedalia and surrounding area. They are the largest employer in Pettis County.
Advantage Metal Recycling, Inc. is celebrating their 35th year of operations in Sedalia. Advantage Metal Recycling specializes in the recycling needs of various manufacturing companies and they have a large fleet of tractor trailers and containers, allowing them a service area that includes western Missouri and eastern Kansas. They employ 35 people in Sedalia.
Also celebrating 35 years of operation in Sedalia is Maxion Wheels. Maxion Wheels is a global wheels business with 20 manufacturing locations around the world. They specialize in wheel manufacturing for companies General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and Nissan. Maxion Wheels employs 300 people.
Waterloo Industries, Inc. is also celebrating their 35th anniversary of doing business in Sedalia. Waterloo is a world leader in tool box manufacturing. They currently employ 580 employees.
Marcum Hauling was honored for their 40 years of operations. Marcum Hauling began operating in 1973 and they currently have 16 trucks for hauling and 20 employees.
Midland Printing also celebrated their 40 years of business. In 1990, Midland Printing entered into an expansion program that doubled the size of their facility. Midland Printing is a commercial printing and office supply company. They also carry a full line of janitorial and disposable paper products.
Missouri Pressed Metals was also honored for their 40 years of business in Sedalia. Missouri. They began by producing metal bearings, bushings and structural parts made from powdered iron and bronze. They currently employ 60 employees.
General Cable was honored for 45 years of business. They currently employ 215 people and they manufacture aluminum building wire products.
CED/Phillips & Company, Inc. was honored for 50 years of operation in Sedalia. They have five employees. They are a privately owned, wholesale electrical distribution company based out of Irvin, Texas.
Delong’s, Inc. was also honored for 50 years of business. Delong’s, Inc. a structural steel fabricator. They belong to the American Institution of Steel Construction. In 2012, they announced a $1,500,000 expansion which will create 20 new jobs. They currently employ 22 people at their first facility.
W & M Welding, celebrating their 50th year of business, was honored as well during the banquet. They began operations as a one-man walk-in welding shop by owner and founder Wayne McMullin.
State Fair Moving and Storage, owned by Jake and Erica Jacobi, were honored for their 65 years of business. State Fair Moving and Storage have represented North American Van Lines since 1948. They are a major service provider to the men and women of Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, as well as Forts Leavenworth and Leonard Wood. They currently have 18 full-time employees.
Celebrating 80 years of operations, Inter-State Studio and Publishing Company began in 1933 when founder Guy Snyder would travel across southern Missouri and take photos of one-room school houses. They are now the second largest school portrait and publishing company in the U.S.
The Sedalia Democrat was the last honoree for the evening, celebrating 145 years of operation in Sedalia. They provide a daily newspaper along with two weekly products, The Plainsman and the Whiteman AFB Warrior. They employ 45 people with a newsroom consisting of eight people.
“These companies together represent exactly 800 years of having their companies here in Sedalia/Pettis County. That is truly a milestone in itself,” Kahrs said during his closing comments.
The banquet was sponsored by several area businesses, including Callis and Associates, Construction Solutions, Custom Communications, Ditzfeld Transfer, EDSPC, KCP&L, Marcum Landscaping and Hauling, McCarthy Toyota, Missouri Enterprise, Septagon Construction, Starline Brass, Third National Bank, Thompson Hills Investment Group, Wilson Toellner & Associates and W-K Chevrolet. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.