Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS), a global manufacturer of water management solutions, is building a new manufacturing facility in Harrisonville, MO. The facility is the Hilliard, OH-based company’s 62nd manufacturing plant, its 48th in the United States, and its first in Missouri.
The new 72,650-square-foot manufacturing facility is expected to open in the first half of 2017 and will employ approximately 50 people. 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. The alternative pipe policies enable engineer choice among technically equivalent options and reduce project costs.
“MoDOT’s policy improvements contributed significantly to ADS’ decision to invest in Missouri. We are delighted to join the community of committed Harrisonville advocates, and welcomed the participation in today’s event by Representative Hartzler, Senator Emery, Mayor Hasek and many community advocates and leaders,” said Joe Chlapaty, President and Chief Executive Officer, ADS. “This facility will help meet growing demand for our water management solutions, and we are excited about our increasing contributions to the state of Missouri and this wonderful community.”
ADS manufactures high performance thermoplastic corrugated pipe, providing water management products and drainage solutions for use in the construction and infrastructure industries. The demand for ADS products has grown significantly over the past five years, including revenue growth of 50% from 2011, the year MoDOT updated their specifications. Enabling specifier choice has contributed to this growth, and could be replicated across the country with similar policy advances.
“Job creation is at the heart of America’s economic recovery, and I am extremely pleased to welcome Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS) to Missouri’s Fourth District,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. “As a small business owner, I share the excitement of ADS as it embarks on this expansion that will bring new employment opportunities to citizens of Harrisonville and Cass County. I congratulate ADS and look forward to this global manufacturer opening its Harrisonville operation and launching production in the new year.”
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