Prysmian Group Sedalia Begins $45 Million Expansion
Prysmian Group Sedalia, 20213 Whitfield, celebrated a major expansion Wednesday morning.
“This expansion is going to bring great things to the state of Missouri, as well as our local community of Sedalia,” promised Sedalia Plant manager Steve Simoncic.
Representatives from three major Prysmian customers were present at the ceremony, including Gray Bar, Priority and Westco.
According to its website, Prysmian Group manufactures thousands of miles of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, as well as medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. They also produce a comprehensive range of optical fibers, copper cables and connectivity systems for voice, video and data transmission for the telecommunications sector.
Simoncic told his employees “Your hard work and commitment is what is making this happen.”
The $45 million, 115,000-square-foot expansion (originally announced in mid-December) will employ an additional 80 people, according to Simoncic.
Also, the plant has been accident-free for 365 days. “I greatly appreciate that,” Simoncic said. A banner was hung at the entrance to the plant proudly proclaiming that fact.
He then introduced Gov. Mike Parson, who said that Pettis County is like a second home for him and his wife Teresa.
He thanked Michelle Hataway, acting director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development (MoDED) for her efforts in helping Prysmian Group expand its Sedalia facilities.
“What a job that department has done since I've been governor, and I thank you for you and your team's hard work every day to make these things happen,” Parson commented.
He added that good workers like the ones at Prysmian are the ones who drive the economy in Missouri. “It's what gives (Prysmian) the opportunity to invest $45 million in our state,” he said, “and being part of making Missouri a better place for the future. So I thank all the employees who are here today."
The governor added that 2022 saw over $3 billion in expansions and new businesses (and 83,000 new jobs) that were announced in Missouri.
“Right now we have the lowest unemployment rate in our state's history, the highest revenues in our state's history,” Parson stated. “And the reason we've done that is because we're trying to (encourage) businesses to come here to expand, which we're seeing here today. That's what makes the economy go.”
Parson noted that he has cut Missouri income taxes three times during his tenure as governor. “When you put more money in people's pockets, they spend more money, and that's what makes the economy grow,” he said, “not government.”
Also speaking at the ceremony were Andrea Pirondini, CEO of Prysmian Group of North America; Paul Furtado, COO of Prysmian Group of North America; Brian Moriarty, SVP Trade & Installers, Prysmian Group of North America; and Pettis County Presiding Commissioner Bill Taylor.
Smith-Cotton High School's New Score Choir performed the National Anthem prior to the start of the ceremony.
Following speeches from seven individuals, a “blue beam singing” was held just outside the tent, with dozens of people signing their names with white markers.
The beam will be hoisted in a few weeks by Septagon Construction Company and become a part of the new addition at the plant, which has been there since 1968 (formerly Alcan Cable and General Cable). Prysmian Sedalia currently employs about 215 people.
Prysmian Group now has a global workforce of more than 29,000 employees. The company’s Sedalia location manufactures aluminum wire products for commercial and construction markets.
Tours of the Sedalia plant followed the official ceremony.