JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Missouri American Water will be breaking ground today on a new $4.3 million service center to serve Jefferson City and surrounding communities.
Missouri American Water officials and local dignitaries will be on hand for a 1 p.m. ceremony to break ground on the new service center at 320 Hoover Rd. in Jefferson City.
“This new service center will optimize Jefferson City staff operations and maintenance functions to better support our growing customer base and make way for necessary improvements at our treatment plant,” said Missouri American Water President Debbie Dewey. “There will be new laboratory space, conference rooms – including the largest conference room at Missouri American Water capable of hosting large, centralized meetings – and space for safely storing equipment and materials.”
The new service center, scheduled to open in May 2020, will provide more than 7,000 sq. feet of office space and 4,800 sq. feet of high bay garage that will include, a fabrication area, a welding shop, and materials storage.
The company’s existing service center, on West High Street, will be vacated to allow for improvements at the water treatment facility that share those grounds. That water treatment facility includes equipment from the 1880s and will undergo significant upgrades over the next two years.
“A new service center in Jefferson City has been a longstanding need, and with planned upgrades to the water treatment facility on the site of our current service center, the time was right to make this investment,” Dewey said. “This new service center will allow Missouri American Water to optimize its local operations, continue its investment in Jefferson City and the surrounding communities, and provides the space for future improvements.”
Missouri American Water operations in the region are growing. Over the past five years, the company has added new water and/or wastewater systems in nearby communities such as Wardsville, Redfield, Hickory Hills and Hillers Creek. The company has also grown headcount, adding three new employees to its wastewater operations in the region.
Local construction companies are being utilized to build the new service center under the direction of Reynolds Construction, including: Stark Construction Services, Central Missouri Professional Services, Butzer, Inc., and Rehagen.
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Missouri American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.5 million people.
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