FABCON Precast announces new hires, first project at Kansas City plant

Company to host career fair to fill another 35-40 jobs

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – FABCON Precast, manufacturer of precast, pre-stressed concrete wall panels, announces two key hires at its new Kansas City plant, in addition to its first project in the area and an upcoming career fair to help fill another 35-40 jobs at the plant.

Austin Partee was named the new Plant Manager and Michael Hayden will be the Production Manager. These are the top two roles at the plant.

“I am very confident with the help of the fine people of Kansas and these two leaders at the helm, our new Kansas facility will be a huge success,” says Dick Wesen, Senior Vice President at FABCON.

FABCON Plant Pleasanton, KSPartee began his career at FABCON in 2013 as the Plant Engineer at the Ohio facility and has served the last nine months as a Project Engineer, working on capital projects. He was also instrumental in assembling the budget for board approval of the Kansas plant. He and his wife will be leaving Ohio for a new start in Kansas.

“The reception of all of the people
I’ve met in Kansas and the enthusiasm around the town has been outstanding and it matches our enthusiasm level at FABCON,” says Partee. “We’re fully in agreement that this will be a win for Pleasanton and also for FABCON and the clients we’ll be serving.”

Hayden joined FABCON in July of 2012 as Production Supervisor in Minnesota.  Prior to joining FABCON, Hayden worked as Fabrication Supervisor for Liebherr Mining Equipment, Alcoa Power and Propulsion, and Ford Motor Company in varying capacities. Hayden is veteran who served as a member of the United States Marine Corps during Desert Storm.

Hayden and his wife are originally from St. Louis and are looking forward to transitioning closer to home where their parents still reside.

“I’m excited and encouraged to be with this new plant from the start to help shape a new culture,” says Hayden. “There’s one thing I love about this company and I see it at all three locations: everyone is willing to jump in and help everyone else and that creates a great team atmosphere.”

FABCON expanded into the Kansas City market in January to better serve customers in the country’s heartland. It was the company’s first expansion in 14 years and the fourth plant in the U.S. Other plants are located in Savage, Minn., Columbus, Ohio and Allentown, Pa. FABCON’s projects are typically located within proximity of the plants and include a range of commercial projects such as office buildings, schools, large distribution centers, retail stores, manufacturing/warehouse facilities and data centers.

Leadership is working on staffing the new plant and will host a career fair April 7 and 8 at the Municipal Center in Pleasanton from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day.  There will also be a recruiting fair for field personnel on April 9.  More about the fair, including position descriptions and registration information, can be found on the careers page at www.fabcon-usa.com

FABCON is looking to hire approximately 35-40 people including quality and safety assurance staff, skilled manufacturing laborers and construction field personnel, and administrative support. To help new employees on their career path, current FABCON employees will mentor and train new hires.

The plant’s first scheduled production will be to manufacture and construct a new Gander Mountain in Chesterfield, Missouri in May. FABCON has built a number of projects for the Wisconsin based outdoor retailer over the years.

In addition to Gander Mountain, FABCON supplies the wall panels for national retailers Walmart, Target, Cabela’s, Menards and Home Depot as well as regional businesses such as Nebraska Furniture Mart and many others. FABCON has manufactured millions of square feet of panels for developers OPUS, Duke Realty and Prologis, including several FedEx distribution centers.

Founded in 1971, FABCON is based in Savage, Minn. and currently employs over 800 people. The company began by producing 8-foot wide concrete wall panels and floor slabs for use in apartment buildings and retail projects, but over the years, expanded in capabilities and markets served. FABCON is committed to a tradition of quality, innovation, and a readiness to seize new opportunities to serve precast concrete customers.

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