SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced today that JRI Holdings, a manufacturer of aqueous industrial cleaning systems that are shipped world-wide, has broken ground on a $5.6 million expansion in Springfield and is creating more than 13 new jobs.
“Creating good manufacturing jobs here in the heartland has been one of my top priorities, and today’s groundbreaking builds on the momentum we’re seeing all across the state,” Gov. Jay Nixon said. “I thank JRI Holdings for their investment and congratulate everyone who helped make this expansion possible.”
The new 66,000 sq. ft. facility is located in Springfield’s Partnership Industrial Center West. It is combining local operations from two separate facilities in east Springfield, the parent company of JRI Industries and Jensen Fabricating, as well as growth.
The Springfield site beat out competition in Connecticut for the expansion, and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce was key to helping the expansion happen in Missouri.
“JRI Holdings designs and manufactures parts washers for a wide range of businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to smaller organizations,” said Jim Jones, JRI Holdings president. “When these customers visit us, the new location will allow easier access to and from the airport and hotel facilities. The new manufacturing facility will help us demonstrate our commitment to our products, our customers, and to Springfield.”
Founded in Springfield in 1993, JRI Holdings developed into a leading manufacturer of high quality industrial cleaning systems (aqueous parts washers). With acquisition of JenFab in 2013, JRI Holdings currently manufactures in Springfield, Connecticut and China. With a total employment of 120, the company will create 13 new full-time jobs with benefits to add to its Springfield workforce of 73 as a result of the expansion.
To assist JRI Holdings with its expansion in Missouri, the Missouri Department of Economic Development has offered a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict capital investment and job creation criteria.