Ed Turner addresses the crowd at the breakfast on Wednesday morning.


Representatives from the City of Chillicothe, various economic groups in the city and CEO of IBC North America and Clean Tide Container Dick Harding hosted a breakfast Wednesday morning in Chillicothe to announce a major economic boost within the city. Click to hear KMZU’s Brian Lock talk with Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney:

Chuck Haney

“It certainly has been a great day here in Chillicothe,” boasted Haney. “The announcment of not one – but two companies – sister companies – coming here to Chillicothe [is exciting] and will create more than 80 jobs.”

The annoucment was made at a breakfast at the Chillicothe County Club. Haney said the negotiations between the city and the companies have been going on for nearly half a decade.

“Good things come to those who wait. We have worked very hard for for years,” added Haney. “To be right truthful with you, at times we had given up on this project. It goes to show you that if you battle, pray and hope that thing turn out well thing will turn out well and they certainly did for us.”

Haney went on to state that “today is a great day for Chillicothe.” The companies will co-open a facility with more than 500,000 square feet in the Chillicothe Industrial Park.

Press Release from the Office of Governor Jay Nixon

July 31, 2013
IBC North America and Clean Tide Container have announced plans to co-open a new facility in Chillicothe to manufacture and refurbish intermediate bulk containers, investing more than $5.1 million and creating 87 new local jobs, Gov. Nixon announced today.

“I’m proud to announce that another major manufacturer is setting up shop and creating jobs in the Show-Me State,” Gov. Nixon said. “By holding down taxes, protecting our perfect Triple-A credit rating and investing in our workforce, we’ve made Missouri one of the best states in the nation for businesses to locate and expand. Today, our proven, pro-growth policies continue to pay off for Missouri families. The decision by IBC North America and Clean Tide Container to invest and create jobs in Chillicothe is great news for this region and another example of the continued economic growth we’re seeing in every corner of our state.”

The 50,000 square-foot facility will be the third operation center for IBC North America and the fifth for Clean Tide Container. The Midwest facility is needed to keep up with increased demand, particularly in the agricultural sector. The new location will also allow the companies to provide more efficient service to customers in the Midwest, including St. Joseph, where both IBC North America and Clean Tide Container have a strong client base.

“Missouri’s skilled workers and stable, business-friendly climate played a key role in our decision to invest here and we are very excited about the opportunities this expansion will present for our company and this region,” said Dick Harding, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBC North America. “As we continue to expand, we look forward to strengthening relationships with our existing Missouri clients as well as developing new partnerships across the state.”

Chillicothe’s Mayor Chuck Haney stated, “As Mayor on behalf of the City of Chillicothe, this is great news for us. Adding more than 80 jobs is a tremendous boost for our local and area economy. We welcome both of these companies to our community that will occupy a former vacant building in our industrial park.”

IBC North America, based in Clarkston, Mich., manufactures industrial containers known as intermediate bulk containers and has a global free pick-up service for empty containers. The company was founded in 1997 and has experienced rapid growth since then, requiring a new facility to be opened in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Clean Tide Container was founded in 2004 as a reconditioning operation headquartered in Robertsdale, Ala. The company is one of the fastest growing intermediate bulk container reconditioning, collection and recycling companies in the United States, with facilities in Stanton, Ky., Perris, Calif., and Clarkston, Mich.

“The entire Kansas City region celebrates this announcement today along with the addition of more than 80 skilled manufacturing jobs,” said Bob Marcusse, president and CEO, Kansas City Area Development Council. “American manufacturing is alive and well, and the KC region is an ideal location for the industry to grow.”

This announcement comes at the heels of other recent major expansions by manufacturers including Noranda Aluminum in New Madrid, CertainTeed in Jonesburg, General Motors in Wentzville and Ford Motor Company in Claycomo, Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems in Riverside.

To assist IBC North America and Clean Tide Containers in moving forward with their growth plans, the companies could be eligible for a strategic economic incentive package from the state of Missouri if they meet the strict job creation and investment criteria of each program.