Vortex announces building expansion

by World Grain Staff
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SALINA, KANSAS, U.S. — Vortex announced on March 12 its plans to increase its plant size by about 50%. The 64,000-square-foot expansion will bring the Salina, Kansas, U.S.,  headquarters to a total of 185,000 feet.

President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Thompson said he expects construction to begin in April and be completed by the end of the year.

“We’re really out of room for future growth,” Thompson said. “This is to allow for that in the future.”
The expansion will add approximately 48,000 square feet of production space and 16,000 square feet for offices and conference rooms.

Vortex built and occupied its existing headquarters at the end of 2006.  Since then the company has grown its workforce by 33%. Vortex currently employs 164 people in its Salina facility.

The expansion will allow Vortex to accommodate high growth potentials with several new products in new markets related to dry bulk processing. Just last year, Vortex introduced a Titan Series product line targeting heavy-duty applications such as mining, minerals and aggregates.  And, as recently announced, Vortex has acquired a business that provides loading spouts and related equipment for the loading of dry bulk material into trucks, rail cars and barges. Vortex has a presence throughout the world with sales offices in Michigan, England, Switzerland, Mexico and China.