Remaining Energizer space marketed
By DUSTIN HENGGELER Managing Editor
Maryville Daily Forum
Nodaway County Economic Development Executive Director Josh McKim met with Midwest Warehouse owner Logan Walker and Missouri Partnership CEO Steve Johnson yesterday for a tour of the former Energizer facility.
Midwest Warehouse, a St. Joseph-based warehouse contracting company, was the recent purchaser of the facility and plans to utilize it as additional storage space.
Walker talked about how the Maryville facility was close enough for his business to remain competitive on bids to store materials coming off the Missouri River or railroads in St. Joseph.
While Midwest Warehouse owns the entire facility in Maryville, Walker plans to only utilize the storage and distribution spaces and lease out the remaining space that McKim described as ideal for office and manufacturing.
That is where Johnson and Missouri Partnership come in.
Since its founding in 2007, the public-private economic development partnership was designed to increase visibility of Missouri as a globally competitive business location and attract new jobs and investment to the state.
Missouri Partnership, recognized as a top economic development organization in the United States, continuously works with the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the Hawthorn Foundation, and local economic development agencies to bring jobs and investments to Missouri communities. Such work includes filling vacant buildings like the former Energizer building.
After touring the facility, Johnson said the building has its difficulties, but he anticipates getting some interest among his reach of clients that spans globally.
“Missouri Partnership recently helped lead a business agreement that filled a former Briggs & Stratton Corporation building in Rolla with Brodrene Hartmann A/S, a Danish manufacturing company that is based out of Toronto, Canada,” Johnson said. “Our market spreads globally so it???s just a matter of reaching out to those that we feel could benefit from this particular location.”