MPW to bring water regeneration plant to Yuma
By Mara Knaub, @YSMaraKnaub Yuma Sun Sep 19, 2017
MPW Industrial Services will spend $9 million to bring a water regeneration plant to Yuma, the company announced Tuesday.
The company purchased eight acres of land for a future 30,000-square-foot industrial water regeneration plant. The new facility, to be located at 7950 E. 30th St. , will house more than 35 full-time employees, with an estimated direct annual payroll in excess of $2 million. The company plans to eventually employ up to 44 workers.
“We expect to initially employ the 35 but eventually move in more jobs to support other operating divisions,” Michael Zimmerman, MPW marketing director, told the Yuma Sun.
The MPW regeneration facilities will serve clients within a 700-mile radius. The company works with clients requiring pure water for their processes, such as automotive, power generation, petrochemical, refining and pulp and paper industries.
“This new plant will enable us to meet the needs of our growing customer base in the southwestern United States,” MPW President Jared Black said.
MPW’s “very good experience with Yuma” and the city’s location led to the company choosing Yuma for its next plant.
“Both Yuma and the state of Arizona have proven to be extremely business-friendly. This location allows us to easily reach nearby clients who depend on us for prompt and timely service,” Black explained.
MPW estimates its total capital expenditure will be about $9 million for the project. Over the initial four-year period of operation, the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corp. estimates MPW’s facility to have an impact of more than $31.7 million within the Yuma area.
“We are very happy MPW chose Yuma. The Arizona Commerce Authority and the City of Yuma were outstanding in their efforts towards helping MPW choose Yuma,” Julie Engel, president/CEO of GYEDC, wrote in an email to the Yuma Sun.
“They will bring a service to this area that currently doesn’t exist and with the ongoing threat of water shortages, having a company that is capable of cleaning and reusing this valuable resource is only going to be a benefit to our region.”
Engel pointed out that MPW has existing customers it will serve from this location, “but we are very excited about new opportunities that they will have by entering our market. We are grateful they chose Yuma County and the City of Yuma, and we truly look forward to a long and beneficial relationship with MPW.”
Construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2018, with the facility reaching operational status by the second quarter of 2019.
The Yuma facility will be MPW’s sixth regeneration plant, joining Newark, Ohio; Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Sedalia, Mo,; Port Arthur, Texas; and Andrews, S.C.
With nearly 3,000 employees and 73 locations in the United States and Canada, MPW Industrial Services provides industrial cleaning, water purification, facility management and environmental management services to customers in the power generation, primary metals, chemicals, refining, oil and gas, automotive, food and beverage and pulp and paper industries. MPW’s corporate headquarters is in Hebron, Ohio.