Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

JEDO to Mull Incentives

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

JEDO to Mull Incentives

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Industrial Maintenance of Topeka has expanded its operations, moving from Perry to Topeka, with plans to add 45 new jobs in an effort to keep up with significant growth the company has experienced since 2009.

The company will learn Wednesday whether the Joint Economic Development Organization will approve a $180,000 incentive contract for creation of those jobs, at an average salary of $40,000 per year, in Shawnee County. The company is putting $2 million into capital investments in Topeka.

Todd Harrington purchased IMI -- an equipment fabrication, installation and maintenance business -- in 2009.

"I worked here when I was right out of high school in the early '90s, and then I came back here in fall 2009 and I think there were six people working here," he said. "There was just a lot of opportunity and the owner was looking toward retirement."

Since then, the company has grown to between 85 and 90 employees, with plans to add 45 new jobs in the coming years to handle an increasing workload they are experiencing, Harrington said.

He noted that when he began working with JEDO on the incentive package, he had around 50 employees, as reflected in the incentive information.

But the growth has been strong and he's added employees.

Harrington gave credit for the growth to a "young and energetic" team that has been pulled together.

"They're the most dedicated people I've ever met," he said. "We all sit down as a unit and come up with a goal for the year, and then, after that -- nobody likes second place. They really push hard to get it done. We've got traveling teams that are awesome. Not only the management, but the skilled workers that we have who make a difference."

The company was founded about 25 years ago in Lawrence, moved to Perry in 2011 to a bigger shop and is still getting settled into a new 65,000-square-foot building at 4501 N.W. US-24 highway. They left a 23,000-square-foot facility in Perry and now, even while still getting situated, Harrington said he can't imagine how they ever fit in the smaller space. …

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