New jobs are headed to Hesston, according to a nugget buried within a three-page prospect report given to members of the Harvey County Economic Development Council Wednesday afternoon.
The report detailed prospects — large and small — pursued by the EDC. In the middle of page one was a report containing the name Hyspeco.
Hyspeco, a company which has been in business since 1968, is planning to locate in Hesston — and purchased five acres of ground for the facility.
"They will have a retail store at that location," said John Carder, city manager of Hesston and member of the Harvey County EDC.
He told the board the plan is for two 30,000 square foot buildings. According to the report given to the EDC, the company plans to employ 13 people in Hesston.
Hyspeco manufactures hydraulic parts and supplies. Each retail location carries quality tube fittings, hose and hose fittings, brass fittings and valves, quick-disconnect couplings, and assembly tools.
The company has four locations in operation — Wichita; Kansas City, Kan.; Springfield, Mo.; and Joplin, Mo.
"They also do some specialized hydraulic training," said Mickey Fornaro-Dean, director of the Harvey County EDC. "We think there will be big benefits for Harvey County in this."
Company officials met with Carder and city of Hesston officials to search for a building, but settled instead on a purchase of land from the King family of Hesston — owners and founders of King Construction of Hesston.
When the deal was completed, Hyspeco purchased five acres. An addition seven acres is now owned by the city of Hesston.
"We don't have an active industrial park right now," Carder said. "Seven acres is small for that, but that does give us an opportunity."
The timeline of construction and hiring was not revealed at the Wednesday meeting.
Hyspeco is expected to be a supplier for Excel Corp. of Hesston which manufactures Hustler Mowers.