Palmer Manufacturing to invest $16 million in its Garden City plant, expanding workforce

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Gov. Jeff Colyer made a stop in Garden City to make an announcement on a business expansion that will create hundreds of jobs. 

Palmer Manufacturing and Tank, Inc., a manufacturer of steel and fiberglass tanks and processing equipment for the oil and gas industry, is making a $16 million investment in its manufacturing facility. The plant, which had been acquired in 2013 by Ohio-based Worthington Industries, has been re-acquired by its original owner, Cecil O’Brate, and will grow to employ 201 people within three years of opening.

“We are delighted to see Palmer Manufacturing back under local ownership. The investment in expanding their Garden City operations will be a great addition to the region,” said Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. “Like many other manufacturers in Kansas, Palmer is able to expand in Kansas due to our strategic manufacturing resources, central location and excellent workforce. We are proud to partner with Palmer Manufacturing both now and in the future.”

“We are excited to be back in the tank manufacturing business, because it’s an industry we know well,” said Mr. O’Brate. “We look forward to bringing the Palmer name back to Garden City, creating jobs, and investing in the community.” 

Palmer Manufacturing worked closely with the Kansas Department of Commerce and Finney County Economic Development Corporation on making this new facility a reality.

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