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New filtration company adding jobs to Kennett

Published: Apr. 5, 2022 at 9:37 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 6, 2022 at 5:59 PM CDT
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KENNETT, Mo. (KAIT) - New jobs could be coming to Kennett very soon, all thanks to a new expansion.

The Missouri Innovation Corporation and Dunklin County announced Cim-Tek Filtration would expand to Kennett, according to a news release Tuesday.

The expansion would create up to 77 new jobs and allow the company to “continue to innovate filtration and develop new products that are available worldwide”, the news release said.

Cim-Tek would utilize the new facility located at 1200 Ely Street to expand its production capabilities for light assembly, powder coating, and baking filtration products and related equipment.

The facility will have easy access to the interstate, Highway 412, and the Mississippi River to move products in and out of Missouri quicker.

“We’re excited to get started and are looking forward to the expansion of our business in Kennett,” said James Ayers, President of Cim-Tek Filtration. “We would like to thank the state, county, and city partners, as well as many others, who made this expansion possible.”

For the expansion, Cim-Tek Filtration used the Missouri Works program to retain workers by providing access to the capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation, according to the news release.

Kennett Mayor Chancellor Wayne said the expansion is just the beginning to attract more businesses and industries to the bootheel.

“It is an opportunity that the city of Kennett deserves, and it’s an opportunity that we’ve been looking for,” Mayor Wayne said.

Kennett business owner Danny Bullock said he is anticipating growth in his business, along with other businesses in town.

“They’ll bring a lot to the restaurants, the furniture stores—everything—hardware store – everybody,” Bullock said.

Bullock mentioned he owns a furniture store and rental property, adding this would help both of his ventures a lot.

The mayor added the town’s low cost of living will “entice” families to relocate to the Bootheel for work.

Cim-Tek is expecting the facility to be fully operational within a year.

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