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ADS breaks ground on first plant in Missouri


October 6, 2016
By Advanced Drainage Systems
At the groundbreaking for the new plant were (left to right): Greg Bohn Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. (ADS) hosted community leaders

Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. (ADS) hosted community leaders, elected officials and prospective employees this week at the site of its new manufacturing facility, now under construction in Harrisonville, MO.

The 72,650 square-foot facility is expected to open in the first half of 2017, bringing new jobs to the region. ADS intends to employ approximately 50 people at the facility when fully staffed, and will hire locally for employment opportunities in management, machine operation and transportation, among others.

The Harrisonville plant will be the company’s 62nd manufacturing plant, and its first in Missouri.

It represents a significant capital investment for ADS, whose growth is a result of favorable policies enacted by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). In 2011, and again in 2014, MoDOT updated its standards specification to allow plastic pipe to be used in statewide infrastructure projects for storm water management.

ADS reports demand for its products has grown significantly, including revenue growth of 50 per cent since the specifications were first updated.

The event featured remarks from Joe Chlapaty, chief executive officer of ADS, U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), State Senator Ed Emery (R-Lamar), and Mayor Brian Hasek of Harrisonville.