Major expansion announced for GSI

By NED JENISON njension@mac.com
Posted 1/20/20

A major Paris industry will experience a significant expansion this year.

AGCO GSI, located on state Route 133 in the city’s west industrial park, will add 150,000 square feet of new …

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Major expansion announced for GSI

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A major Paris industry will experience a significant expansion this year.

AGCO GSI, located on state Route 133 in the city’s west industrial park, will add 150,000 square feet of new production and warehousing space on 27 acres immediately west of the existing facility, according to an announcement at this week’s Paris City Council meeting.

Details of the expansion were presented at a public hearing in advance of the council session. The hearing was required as part of the city’s application for a $904,200 Community Development Block Grant from the state to assist the expansion.

The AGCO GSI project represents a planned $10 million added investment into the local plant and creation of about 50

new permanent jobs. Plant manager Phil Brown said the expansion reflects the confidence GSI management has in the productivity of the Paris plant. The company operates factories worldwide, including in China, but the Paris expansion is the largest this year for any facility in North America. Brown said GSI has already purchased or ordered some $3 million in new equipment for the addition.

The CDAP grant to Paris would pay for major street and utility relocations to serve the expansion. At the present time Stratton Drive is located between the existing plant and the expansion site to the west. This street will be relocated 700 feet to the west edge of the combined properties.

In addition, a 12-inch water line will be extended 2,000 feet, and an additional 1,300 feet of a sanitary sewer force main will be constructed. During the council meeting, the city voted to work with Francis Associates, civil engineers, for design of these projects.

If all processes move on schedule, Brown said they hope to be occupying the new expansion by late fall of this year.

During the regular council business session that followed, the council also adopted a Municipal Cannabis Retailers’ Occupation Tax ordinance. This allows the city to collect a portion of the sales tax on the purchase of marijuana-based products, should any such business now allowed by the state open in Paris. Mayor Craig Smith pointed out that no applications have been made for a cannabis sales store, nor are any anticipated at this time for Paris.

Improvements for the city police and fire departments approved by the council included purchase of two car video recording camera systems from Supreme Radio Communications for $1,350; repairs by Faulk’s Garage of Paris to the Attack One truck for $1,052, and the starter on Engine Seven for $1,013; and adoption of the latest edition of the NFPA Life Safety Code.

The water-sewer department received approval for purchase of the top section of a fire hydrant for $1,689; repair to a return sludge pump for $4,882; service to a lift station wireless reporting system for $2,208; and $1,220 to Central State Construction for a service call and installation at Pump No. 2 in the city’s water well field.

The next city council meeting is 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, with an agenda session at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, both open to the public at City Hall.