The Kansas Department of Commerce and PQ Corp., a leading producer of inorganic specialty performance chemicals and special custom catalysts, have announced that the company will invest $120 million to expand its manufacturing footprint at its Kansas City, Kan., facility.
The company held a ground-breaking ceremony Thursday attended by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George and other state and local officials to announce the decision, according to a news release.
“It is great news that PQ Corporation’s hard work and success have enabled it to make such a significant investment in Kansas,” said Gov. Sam Brownback in the news release. “I am thrilled that we have created a pro-growth business environment that supports the growth and job creation of companies such as PQ.”
PQ’s investment will expand the already extensive equipment and manufacturing capacity for PQ’s silica catalyst business and its Zeolyst International specialty catalyst operation. The expansion at its Kansas Avenue site is projected to add 40 to 50 additional new jobs to the 100 employees currently employed.
“The new capacity will help PQ meet the growing demand for specialty catalysts throughout the world,” said Mike Boyce, chairman and CEO of PQ Corp., in the news release. “We believe this investment demonstrates our strong commitment to the state of Kansas, Wyandotte County and the Kansas City local community and builds on the past success of our Kansas City plant and our highly motivated and productive team of employees.”
Preliminary design and engineering work is already underway and the expansion and building project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015. PQ considered a range of potential expansion locations but ultimately selected Kansas City, Kan., site due to infrastructure, a dedicated and safety-minded workforce and the strong business environment in Kansas, the news release stated.