Rack Builders Inc. to build 80,000 sq. ft. facility in recently-expanded Warren Head Business Park

A Quincy-based business will soon expand with an 80,000-sq. ft. facility in Palmyra, becoming the first business to move to an 80-acre expansion or the Warren Head Business Park.

Palmyra Mayor Loren Graham said that Rack Builders Inc. (RBI) will soon begin construction for a new facility on a 10-acre plot of land in the business park, which expanded significantly when the city council purchased land at a cost of more than $800,000. The building will assist the existing Quincy corporate headquarters and manufacturing location with meeting growing business needs, Graham said, and it will be set up for potential expansion in the future. Initial plans call for hiring 35 to 40 welders, forklift operators and painters.

RBI specializes in producing industrial storage rack units.

Graham and fellow Industrial Development Authority (IDA) members had been working with RBI officials since August to iron out the details for the deal which was finalized Tuesday, Feb. 27. Company officials declined to comment. Before the announcement was made, various infrastructure improvements were finished or nearing completion with a focus on Palmyra’s growth.

Board of Public Works crews completed drinking water treatment plant and waste water plant upgrades through a $1.5 million line of credit. The crew members are also working with Kiowa Line Builders on the third phase of a city-wide electrical line build in the northwest corner of town. That section of the project is planned for completion in April; the expected $200,000 to $250,000 in savings from the project’s $3 million credit line will be used to replace out-of-date relays at the electrical substation, Board of Public Works Superintendent Brent Abell said.

Before the purchase of the 81.2-acre expansion for the Warren Head Business Park, several businesses approached city officials about coming to Palmyra — receiving the response that there wasn’t yet a suitable place to build. That’s no longer the case with the expanded business park, and IDA members discussed signs to advertise the opportunities to perspective businesses during their annual meeting in January, along with issuing $4 million in low-interest industrial revenue bonds — which would be presented as a resolution for consideration by the City Council.

City council members agreed that infrastructure work would commence for sewer and street construction in the new portion of the business park. They also discussed asking engineering firm Klingner and Associates about developing tracts of land individually — based on a prospective business’s needs for land, water and other resources.

Graham said progress should come quickly for RBI’s addition, and plans call for the facility to be constructed and operational by August.

“As soon as the weather cooperates, I think they’ll be moving dirt,” Graham said.

RBI has additional locations in Atlanta and the Chicago suburbs in addition to its headquarters in Quincy.

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com