JEDO approves incentive agreement with Topeka manufacturer

The City will offer $365,000 in funding for the next round of the 'Choose Topeka' project that originally began back in 2020.
Updated: Feb. 8, 2023 at 6:05 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka and Shawnee County’s Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO) approved an incentive agreement Wednesday night to help fund the expansion of Harris Fabrication.

According to JEDO, the agreement with Harris Fabrication, which was previously referred to as “Project KoolAid,” is expected to create an estimated local economic impact of $175 million over ten years.

“Harris manufacturing is a growing company in Shawnee County, we’re happy to see them expand. We’re gonna do everything we can to assist them in that endeavor and make sure that they continue to grow and be successful right here in Shawnee County,” said Shawnee County commissioner Aaron Mays.

According to the incentive agreement, GO Topeka will offer up to $190,000 in employment, capital investment, and training incentives. Harris Fabrication will also make a $2.1 million capital investment of their own.

“GO Topeka has a process that they’ll follow with some things they need to do to make sure that the companies are eligible for the funds that we provide and give them some benchmarks that they have to meet in order for those funds to become available for them,” said Mays.

The City says this expansion will create as many as 30 new full-time jobs with an average salary of $48,000.

“We are dedicated to giving our people state-of-the-art equipment and facilities,” said Andrew Harris, president of Harris Fabrication. “This incentive will help us continue that through our new high-bay building and all the equipment in it.”