Locally-owned 8760 Service Group LLC will be expanding and relocating to the Thompson Meadows Industrial Park, as announced during Friday’s Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County event.
Founded in 2011, 8760 is a local manufacturer which provides maintenance, construction and fabrication services to several different industries. The company has an office on Main Street and a warehouse on the east side of Sedalia, but this relocation and expansion will bring the company to one central location. The new building will be 28,000 square feet — 18,000 square feet of fabrication space and 10,000 square feet of office space — and is slated to be completed in October.
“We provide services to the power and industrial segments of the continental United States. whether it’s automobile wheel manufacturing, cable, generation of electricity, refining bio fuels, the ethanol industry, anything from pressure piping to electrical and controls and fabrication of components of those industries,” said owner Buck Barnes. “That in a nutshell is what we do for the central part of the United States.”
Barnes also explained the meaning behind his company’s name, which focuses on customer service.
“8760 is the number of hours in the year, and in the power industry, all the maintenance is done from the number of operating hours and that correlates to what we do, and the amount of hours you need to be available to your customer,” he said.
Barnes said 8760 works with companies across the United States, as well as many local companies such as Maxion Wheels,, General Cable, Mid-Missouri Energy, Tyson Foods and Waterloo. As the company expands, he said the list of customers is “getting longer, thankfully.”
8760 employs 30 people, and the expansion will create roughly more 40 jobs within a year of the building’s completion. 8760 is also a member of Show-Me Heroes, a program that encourages businesses to interview and hire veterans. The company has received a Flag of Freedom in recognition of hiring veterans.
Thompson Meadows Industrial Park is a Missouri Certified Site and is in one of Pettis County’s three Enhanced Enterprise Zones. Those features, along with the assistance from EDSPC, made staying and expanding in Sedalia an “easy decision.”
“I grew up here and (8760) grew from basically working in my basement to a little rental piece of property,” Barnes said. “We have a shop north of here and we’ve closed it and moved everything down here and moved to the east side of town until we decided the next step. It just makes sense to come here and keep doing what we’re doing.”
“It’s always a pleasure to sit here and welcome new people bringing businesses in and all that, but there’s nothing that we love any more than to see somebody local do the exact same thing we bring folks in from out of town to do, be a success in our community,” said EDSPC Board of Directors President Rusty Kahrs.
Not only did Barnes, and his wife, Lindsey, like the idea of staying in Sedalia, it also keeps their company close to Kansas City, which is quickly becoming a frequent destination for 8760.
“Kansas City is the engineering capital of the world, and we’re in there on a weekly basis in the engineering firms and starting to pick up a lot of traction with those guys and they do a lot of business,” Barnes said. “They call it in the Rust Belt, and they’re looking for Rust Belt folks instead of bringing it in from Houston or there’s a lot of guys who do what we do in Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and they’re looking to get back in the Rust Belt. … Instead of getting on a plane they can drive an hour and a half. It’s a perfect fit, I’ve always thought that.”