Marion reaches facility agreement for new business

The Marion City Council approved a lease-purchase agreement at its April 11 meeting that would provide a location for a new business, Power Track Sliding Door Systems of Kansas.

Owners John and Amy Minor attended the meeting to talk about the business and answer any questions about the property at 828 N. Roosevelt in Batt Industrial Park.

“We repair, retrofit and fabricate sliding doors for farm buildings or agricultural buildings,” John Minor said about his company.

Minor said he recently acquired a business based in Lawrence. Known as Perma Column, he said it takes treated wood out of the ground. He said he helped develop that about 13 years ago.

“In our business we wholesale, do distribution, retail over the Internet and the installation business,” he said. “For our needs some space was needed.”

He contacted Roger Holter, Marion city administrator, last week, to talk about his space needs.

“Roger almost described perfectly the building that was available,” he said. “After looking around, we believe this community would be a great place for us to move the business and watch it grow.”

Minor said he didn’t think the company would need additional space.

“In the original plan a few months ago, I was looking at two or three years when we might need something, but with everything happening it will probably come early,” he said.

Asked about employees, Minor said at the company’s peak in York, Neb., without fabrication or man­u­facturing, they employed 16 people.

“Right away we will be bringing in a couple of guys that work with us and that is where we will start.”

Minor said originally he was looking at having three to five employees, but it likely will be closer to 10.

“It will depend on manufacturing,” he said.

The building at 828 N. Roosevelt will handle the service and logistics portion of the operation with manufacturing going into the future site next door.

Holter said as part of the first right of offer, the Mi­nors agreed to handle the tax liability on the property.

The lease agreement with Power Track will cover taxes and insurance, and then the lease-purchase will serve as the bank for the five-year portion, he said.

The Minors offered the city $260,238 for the building and will pay $1,619.53 each month from June 1 through April 2021.

The balloon payment of $160,438 will complete the purchase in May 2021.

Before the closing, Mayor Todd Heitschmidt said a few detail changes are needed for clarification.

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