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Topeka, KS — Today, Topeka and Shawnee County’s Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO) board approved an incentive agreement that will aid in the expansion of Harris Fabrication, an existing manufacturing business in Topeka that provides world-class metal fabrication services.

Previously referred to as “Project Koolaid,” this expansion is expected to result in an estimated economic impact locally of $175 million over 10 years, with Harris Fabrication preparing to make a $2.1 million capital investment. The expansion will create up to 30 new full-time jobs with an average salary of $48,000, plus benefits. The JEDO incentive for this project, to be paid out as performance metrics are met, is up to $190,000, resulting in a 117% return on investment for the community.

“We are dedicated to giving our people state-of-the-art equipment and facilities,” said Andrew Harris, president of Harris Fabrication. “This incentive will help us continue that through our new high-bay building and all the equipment in it. Thank you to GO Topeka and JEDO for supporting the manufacturing industry. Our company is looking forward to many more years with the capital city in our corner, supporting us along the way.”

“Harris Fabrication is driven to make our employees better through training, high-quality equipment, and first-class facilities,” added business partner Brian Green. “We are excited that our partnership with GO Topeka and JEDO will help us move forward with all of these goals in mind. We look forward to many more years in the capital city and want to be part of a strong, vibrant Topeka that betters all of our lives!”

“Harris Fabrication has become known in our community for exceptional work and customer service,” said Bill Riphahn, Shawnee County Commission chair. “I’m proud JEDO has the opportunity to support their growth and look forward to seeing their legacy of excellence continue for years to come.”

“It’s a win for Topeka when a local company chooses to further invest in our community through a business-expansion project,” said Topeka Mayor Mike Padilla. “Not only will the growth of Harris Fabrication result in positive economic returns for this community, but the project will provide new job opportunities and further prosperity for families that call the capital city, ‘home.’”

“Harris Fabrication is one of the local companies helping put Topeka/Shawnee County on the map as a hub for manufacturing,” said Molly Howey, president of GO Topeka. “When they were first considering expansion, the company started working with GO Topeka on the small-business side to see if small-business incentives might be a good fit. It quickly became clear the ambitious scope of their project would be better suited to traditional expansion incentives. It’s exciting to see Harris Fabrication going that route, as they grow right here at home. I have no doubt their innovative approach to business will continue to positively impact this community.”


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About Greater Topeka

The Greater Topeka area in Shawnee County represents a community of 178,909 people and is located in the Greater Kansas City region. As the state capital of Kansas, Topeka is home to a dynamic employer base. Companies headquartered here include Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Advisors Excel, Security Benefit, Capitol Federal and Evergy.

About GO Topeka

GO Topeka creates county-wide economic success for all companies and citizens through implementation of an aggressive economic-development strategy that capitalizes on the unique strengths of the community. GO Topeka operates under the Greater Topeka Partnership and is the leading economic development agency in the area. For more, visit