Metal fabricator Harris Fabrication announced it will expand its operations in Topeka, Kan., creating 30 new jobs with the $2.1 million project.
“We are dedicated to giving our people state-of-the-art equipment and facilities,” said Andrew Harris, president of Harris Fabrication. “This incentive will help us continue that through our new high-bay building and all the equipment in it. Thank you to GO Topeka and JEDO for supporting the manufacturing industry. Our company is looking forward to many more years with the capital city in our corner, supporting us along the way.”
The expansion is aided by the Topeka and Shawnee County Joint Economic Development Organization board, which approved an incentive agreement. The JEDO incentive is for up to $190,000, resulting in a 117% return on investment for the community. The incentive will be paid out as performance metrics are met.
“Harris Fabrication is one of the local companies helping put Topeka/Shawnee County on the map as a hub for manufacturing,” noted Molly Howey, president of GO Topeka. “When they were first considering expansion, the company started working with GO Topeka on the small-business side to see if small-business incentives might be a good fit. It quickly became clear the ambitious scope of their project would be better suited to traditional expansion incentives. It’s exciting to see Harris Fabrication going that route, as they grow right here at home. I have no doubt their innovative approach to business will continue to positively impact this community.”
Harris Fabrication employs a combination of state-of-the-art wave pulse welding technology and traditional welding techniques. The company uses reverse passivation to clean its stainless for a flawless finish.