Electronic recycling facility creating 50-100 jobs

OSAGE CITY—Asset LifeCycle, LLC, has announced the opening of a clean material reclamation in Osage City, with plans to begin large-scale staffing next week. Operations at the new facility could begin within 30 days.

“The state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in Kansas and is expected to provide many benefits to the state and its communities in the way of jobs, while providing a long-term solution to the growing e-waste issues,” said Marta Harding, Human Resources Generalist at Asset LifeCycle. “With this expansion, Asset LifeCycle is able to enhance its ability to further refine and process surplus equipment for reentry to the supply chain.

“To staff this facility, Asset LifeCycle is hosting a job fair along with Secured Staffing Inc. at our Osage City location,” Harding said. “We will be accepting job applications at this time.”

The business plans to begin operations soon with an initial staffing of 50 to 100 new employees, according to Brena Lyden, CEO, of Secured Staffing Specialists. The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 126 Nichols Rd., in Osage City.

“The growth of this is for a potential 200 positions,” said Lyden.

That number would make Asset LifeCycle the largest private employer in Osage County.

Asset LifeCycle toured the facility in 2013, which was being represented by Grubb & Ellis Commercial Real Estate, Wichita. Osage City Mayor Quintin Robert, a former KanBuild employee and member of the Osage City industrial development committee, first showed the property to Asset LifeCycle June 5, 2013. Representatives of Grubb & Ellis were unable to attend the meeting.

“I ended up showing it to them a couple of times,” Robert said. “I asked if they would want to come to an industrial development meeting to talk about incentives.”

A lunch with the committee resulted in an agreement to extend Osage City’s Standard Electrical Incentive Agreement to Asset LifeCycle, approved at the Sept. 10 meeting of the Osage City Council.

The agreement allows for a 10 percent rebate for each $100,000 in investment, along with an additional one percent rebate for each full time position, and up to 50 percent of electrical charges for the first year of operation. The rebate reduces 10 percent each year and expires after five years.

Asset LifeCycle purchased the building from Conway Bank, Wichita. Osage City released its lien on the property Sept. 30.

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