MIDC Executive Director comments on INVISTA announcement

By Nick Gosnell
February 04, 2015

INVISTA, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, will establish a new manufacturing operation in McPherson, Kansas, in order to expand production of its Raptor™ nylon pipe product. The company plans to complete conversion of an existing building in McPherson into a nylon pipe extrusion facility and expects to begin production by early spring.

Brad Eilts, MIDC Executive Director, told Mid Kansas Online that MIDC had been working with the nylon pipe manufacturer for six to nine months on the project.

Eilts said, "In economic development terms, it's moved along pretty fast. They've been really good to work with. They do their due diligence, and we are really glad they chose us. It shows that we've got a competitive story to tell."

Eilts told Mid Kansas Online that Invista would be located where the old Vanguard buildings are located off of West First Street.

Eilts said, "I believe that they (INVISTA) have already done some hiring, and I think they will be doing additional hiring."

The McPherson facility is INVISTA's first facility in Kansas.

Eilts said that the facility was a good combination of two of McPherson's main industries, plastics and energy. The Raptor™ nylon pipe product is chiefly used in the oil and gas industry.

Efficiently connecting wellheads to battery tanks is one of the areas where companies see the distinct value of Raptor™ nylon pipe. The product was engineered to reduce total job completion costs (material and installation costs) in order to get oil and gas flowing faster to market. In some cases, choosing Raptor™ nylon pipe can provide up to $25,000 per mile in cost savings for customers.