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New $5 million manufacturing facility Trussworks Jackson breaks ground

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 22 for the new Trussworks Jackson facility. Shown above, from left, are SEMO REDI Management Consultant Shad Burner, Jackson Mayor Dwain Hahs, Trussworks Mid-America President and CEO Steve Stroder, Trussworks Mid-America Supply Chain Manager Angie Stroder and Trussworks Jackson General Manager Wyatt Stroder. Photo by Jay Forness

A $5 million truss manufacturing facility broke ground in Jackson last week. The new facility, called Trussworks Jackson, is estimated to create 50-70 new jobs in the area and will be located off of Cane Creek Road.

The facility will be part of Trussworks Mid-America, LLC, and will allow the organization to enhance its production capabilities. The company, which also has a facility in Arkansas, is partnered with Trussworks Operations based in Texas.

President and CEO of Trussworks Mid-America, LLC, Steve Stroder, who recently became an alderman for the City of Jackson, said the Jackson facility will manufacture roof trusses, wall panels and floor trusses, as well as distribute LBL beams, I-joists and rough framing packages for builders within a 100-mile radius.

“We’ll also be focusing a lot of our attention on big giant multi-family projects and city block projects up from Iowa all the way down to Memphis, Tennessee, and from Kansas City to Indianapolis, Indiana,” Stroder said. “We plan on doing quite a bit of work out of here.”

Stroder, who is originally from Jackson, said he had built several of these types of manufacturing facilities across the county but always dreamed of coming back to his hometown. “I think the world of Jackson,” he said. “I’m so excited to be back and really excited to be a part of helping Jackson grow.”

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) approved Trussworks for the Missouri Works program. This will allow the company to benefit from a retention of new Missouri payroll taxes for five years.

“Trussworks’ decision to locate its new facility in Jackson speaks to the value of our state’s economic advantages,” Governor Mike Parson said. “This company’s expansion is the latest example of a leading employer choosing Missouri due to our superior infrastructure, skilled workforce, and ideal business climate. We look forward to Trussworks’ success in Jackson as it invests and creates jobs in the area.”

Additionally, Trussworks will be located in the Cape Girardeau County Enhanced Enterprise Zone, which provides a 50% real property tax abatement for 10 years with the creation of new jobs.

Stroder said they will begin looking to fill an initial 15-20 jobs to open the facility, but hope to grow to about 50-70 positions, depending on how well things go. He said he expects to offer around $20 an hour for jobs on the manufacturing floor, as well as offer jobs in design and sales at Trussworks Jackson.

“We are thrilled to welcome Trussworks to the region and to witness their substantial investment in our community,” Jackson Mayor Dwain Hahs said. “This project not only signifies confidence in our workforce and infrastructure but also demonstrates our commitment to fostering a thriving business ecosystem. We look forward to the positive impact Trussworks will have on our local economy, including the significant sales tax revenue it is expected to generate for Jackson.”

Hahs said Stroder approached the city about wanting to build a truss manufacturing location in Jackson in October. The city, with assistance from SEMO REDI and the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission, applied for a Community Development Block Grant from DED in January to improve public infrastructure for the site.

The city received the $737,812 grant in April, which will allow the city to extend Cane Creek Road and install utilities for the area.

Hahs said the grant not only made the Trussworks facility possible, but also opened up space for other economic development facilities in the area.

“We are encouraged to see this significant investment and job creation by Truss-works in southeast Missouri,” Management Consultant for SEMO REDI Shad Burner said. “This expansion will not only bolster Jackson’s local economy but also reaffirm our attractiveness for business growth and development. This project perfectly highlights the collaborative efforts among business leaders, government officials, and SEMO REDI to drive sustained prosperity in our region.”

Stroder said the grant helped Trussworks Mid-America move forward with the project. He said they have begun moving 126,000 yards of dirt before construction of the building will begin. The facility is estimated to be operational by November.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjedit@socket.net.

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