On Monday, November 21, 2016, various statewide economic development officials and local government leaders met with US Tower representatives in Lincoln to discuss the business’s expansion plans and to tour the facility.
Travis Suelter, Vice President of US Tower Corp., told officials the business is quickly outgrowing its space in Lincoln and has broken ground to increase its manufacturing capacity, a press release from Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation director Kelly Larson said. Concrete has already been removed from the building’s east entrance and dirt work has begun at the southwest corner of the facility.
The expansion plans will result in new construction adding 12,800sf for fabrication, 16,600sf for indoor testing, and 9,600sf for more office and conference room space.
“Within the next six months we hope to hire additional employees in several production and technical positions in response to business demands,” Suelter told the group of officials in attendance at last Monday’s meeting.
Positions may include engineers (civil, mechanical, electrical and computer), project managers, production planners, draftsmen, CNC programmers, machine operators, welders, assemblers and delivery drivers, the press release said.
In addition to outlining expansion plans, the meeting included discussion of local economic development programs that could provide assistance Tower with the expansion. Economic development officials represented the Kansas Department of Commerce, USDA Rural Development, Dane G. Hansen Foundation, Northwest Kansas Economic Innovation Center, North Central Regional Planning Commission, Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and KansasWorks. Local leadersfrom the city, county and the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation were also on-hand.
US Tower manufactures a broad spectrum of towers for commercial, governmental and individual (HAM) customers in their Lincoln and Woodlake, California, facilities. They build and retrofit fixed and mobile, telescoping and monopole, steel and aluminum structures for a wide range of communication and surveillance purposes.