Zell-Metall USA announced today that it will expand operations to Lenexa, building a plastic extrusion manufacturing facility and eventually creating 15 new jobs in the community.
The company will build a 10,000-square-foot building at 10902 Strang Line Road and invest at least $3.5 million in operations there. The building will be located next to ZL Engineering Plastics, which provides sales services for Zell-Metall and employs six.
“This is great news for Lenexa and the state,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “We want Kansas to be a strong manufacturing state, and it’s encouraging that Zell-Mettall wants to expand its operations here.”
The company, which is headquartered in Austria, produces sheet, rod and tube from plastic resins such as pet and nylon. Most of the materials produced replace metal gears, cams, bushings and many other alloy parts. Plastic parts help prevent corrosion and noise, as well as extend the life of equipment.
“This is an exciting time for the Klepsch Group Companies,” said Patrick Pheffer, president, ZL Engineering Plastics. “The state of Kansas has gone out of their way to enable our company to put deep roots in North America. With lead times cut by 60 percent, the new facility will enable ZL Engineering Plastics to truly compete and grow our market share.”
All products manufactured at the Lenexa facility will be sold to distributors that do business in North America. The facility will enabled the company to eventually reduce the need for importing products from overseas to less than 10 percent of current demand.
The facility should be operational by August.