Moving vans will soon pull up outside the ACI Plastics & Manufacturing Inc. offices in Kansas City, Mo., as the St. Louis-based distributor and fabricator of plastic sheet, rod, tube and slab prepares to consolidate three local operations into one new facility.
``Our hope is that we'll start the move around Dec. 1 and complete it by early February. We're in the process of working with the contractor to get things done with the remodeling,'' ACI President James Conway said in an Oct. 16 telephone interview.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development on Oct. 16 approved $132,791 in tax credits for the manufacturing facility at 6530 Winner Road. Conway said his company will add 12 new jobs and $4.25 million in new investment at the site.
``That will pretty much include everything we have in Kansas City vacuum forming, fabrication and our skylight division,'' he said.
The 192,000-square-foot plant originally was built by AK Steel Holding Corp., formerly Armco Steel, as a steel wire production facility, Conway said.
``The beauty of the building is that because it was a steel building, they did a really nice job of spacing the [support] columns. They have 50 feet between columns on one side and 60 feet on the other, and it just really is just a nice building for warehousing and manufacturing.''
About 95 of ACI's 145 employees work in Kansas City, he said. The firm also has plants in St. Louis, Hickory Hills, Ill., and North Little Rock, Ark., as well as a sales office in Tulsa, Okla.
Founded in 1967 by Conway, who was mayor of St. Louis from 1977-81, the company processes a wide range of plastics resins for the signage, static display and building materials markets. ACI also does custom thermoforming for original equipment manufacturers in the automotive, sporting goods, appliance, medical and consumer goods markets.
ACI in 2007 bought a Kansas City competitor, Plastic Sales & Manufacturing Co. Inc., for an undisclosed amount, doubling its staff. Conway said ACI's annual sales are about $22 million.