JUNCTION CITY, KA (June 19, 2018) – Camso, an industry leader in manufacturing off-road tires, wheels tracks and track systems, announced plans today to establish a new manufacturing operation in Geary County, KS.
Camso serves the Material Handling, Construction, Agriculture and Powersport industries by manufacturing and distributing off-road tires, wheels, rubber tracks and undercarriage systems. It operates advance R&D centers and manufacturing plants in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. The announced project will support the Agricultural and Construction division of Camso as an extension of the track manufacturing facility in Emporia, Kansas.
The Canada headquartered company is investing approximately $36.4million to lease, renovate and equip a 139,00 square foot manufacturing facility in Junction City, KS. Camso plans to begin renovations in August 2018 with the facility operational in January 2020 to meet the growing demand of tracks and track systems in the Agricultural and Construction industry. This will be the company’s second manufacturing operation in the state of Kansas and the first in Geary county. According to Hugues Lajoie, Vice President and General Manager – Agriculture at Camso, “Junction City is a strategic location for Camso as it’s close to our manufacturing plant in Emporia, Kansas. This proximity will allow for greater collaboration between the two plants when producing and delivering quality products to our customers.” Company has begun recruitment for the first phase of hiring and anticipates the creation of approximately 40 full time positions with two years.
State & Local Quotes:
“Manufacturing leaders such as Camso are drawn to our state’s central location, business-friendly climate, and excellent workforce, and we are thrilled this great company has chosen Junction City for its new plant,” said Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. “We appreciate Camso’s commitment to continue growing new jobs here in Kansas and are looking forward to their continued success.”
-Governor of Kansas, Jeff Colyer
“Junction City is extremely pleased to welcome Camso. Camso is a very well-established company that serves the material handling, construction, agriculture, and powersport industries and will continue to enrich the economic diversification of our community. The City partnered with the Junction City First and the Economic Development Commission to make this project possible.”
-Junction City Mayor, Pat Landes
“This is an exciting day for Junction City and Geary County. We are extremely excited and honored that Junction City has been selected as the new manufacturing site for Camso. This brings great workforce opportunities with great wages and benefits to our community and shows the results of hard work and tenacity of Mickey Dean and our Economic Development Team. It is also a perfect example of regional cooperation in economic development.”
-Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Rich Jankovich
“I have read that Camso, has a saying “off the road mobility business”. Sometimes we in rural Kansas feel that other folks around the national believe that we are “off the road”. Naturally Camso and Junction City, Geary county, Kansas are the perfect partners for this long-lasting business relationship. As chairman of the Junction City, Geary County Economic Development Commission, I would like to extend our hand and hearts to our newest partner. I know that our community and your international ideas will now go places, included “off the road”.
-Economic Development Commission Chairman, Graham Foust
“Junction City First was created to provide assistance to new industry coming to Junction City. This will be the second project that JC 1st
was able to assist and that Camso, as we know it is a quality business, bring jobs to our community which is in line with our core values and purpose.
-Junction City First Chairman, Leon Osbourn
Camso, the Road Free Company, is a world leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of off-road tires, wheels, rubber tracks and undercarriage systems to serve the material handling, construction, agricultural and powersports industries. It employs more than 7,500 dedicated employees who devote 100% of their effort to 11% of the global tire and track market – the off-the-road market. It operates advanced R&D centers and manufacturing plants in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Camso supplies its products to leading original equipment manufactures (OEMs) under the names Camso and Solideal and distributes its products in the replacement market through its global distribution network. For more information about Camso, visit https://camso.co/en/
Kansas has been, and continues to be, aggressive in its efforts to grow our economy. Kansas consistently ranks in the Top 10 in the U.S. for low cost living at 8.7% below the national average. Kansas worker compensation rates rank at the 11th
lowest in the U.S. Kansas has no inventory tax or franchise tax. Kansas is a Right-to-Work state. Our union membership is 7.5% well below the national average. Kansas rank in the Top 10, by CNBC for workforce and education. Over 90% of our adults have a high school diploma; over 30% have a college degree.
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