Doyle Equipment Manufacturing will soon be moving its headquarters and production operations from Quincy, IL, to Northeast Missouri.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was on hand Friday to help break ground with Doyle officials for what will be a 220,000-square-foot facility located on the east side of U.S. 61 about halfway between Taylor and Palmyra. Doyle has an affiliate plant, Riverview Manufacturing, in Palmyra.
Doyle, a fourth-generation company that is celebrating its 60th anniversary, has been in Quincy since 1951 and is a leader in the production of dry fertilizer blending, conveying, tending and spreading equipment.
President Monty Doyle said the move has been between “four and five years” in the making.
“We plan to be moved in by next summer,” he said. “Some of (building materials) will start arriving in June, and some utilities should be installed by March. We’ll get this (new facility) up and running and start moving one line (of production) at a time from our Quincy plant. When that is finished, we’ll begin dismantling the Quincy plant and eventually sell the property.”
Doyle’s production plant and headquarters are currently located at 4001 Broadway.
Doyle currently employs 92 people, and all of those jobs will be transferred to the new facility.
Doyle officials said the new headquarters and manufacturing site will represent a $9 million investment in Northeast Missouri. Part of the Doyle family is from Northeast Missouri, and many of its employees also are from the region, Doyle said.
“This is a quality business,” Nixon said. “This is a company every state would like to have within its borders. This is another important step for our economy.”
Jim Mentesti, president of the Great River Economic Development Foundation, said he had been working with Doyle officials on the project.
“This is not a today or yesterday thing,” Mentesti said. “We’ve been in discussion about this for the last four or five years. This is a good thing for them. They’ll be right on the interstate, and that’s a good thing for them.”
Mentesti said while some may be disappointed the company is leaving Quincy, Doyle “is remaining in the area, just on the other side of the river … and that is good for the area.”
(Source: Steve Eighinger | Whig.com)