Manhattan area chose $650 million plant with 500 jobs

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and other officials announced Monday that a biomanufacturing company would build a $650 million plant, creating hundreds of jobs in the Manhattan area.

A biomanufacturing company plans to build a $650 million plant near Manhattan that will create hundreds of well-paying jobs in the area, officials said Monday.

The San Antonio-based company plans to create 500 jobs at the Pottawatomie County plant over the next seven years, officials said at a news conference. The jobs will pay an average of $67,000 per year.

Governor Laura Kelly said the project is the state’s largest capital investment since she began her term.

Scorpion is a subsidiary of Heat Biologics Inc., a publicly traded company that develops biothreat vaccines and provides commercial-grade product manufacturing and testing.

David Halverson, president of Scorpion Biological Services, said the company plans to have part of the facility ready by August 2024 to produce an anthrax vaccine, although Scorpion can work faster if needed, reported The Manhattan Mercury.

The proposal still requires local, county and state approvals for incentive packages. State officials said details of the state incentive program would be released in two weeks.

Governor Laura Kelly said the project is the largest capital investment in Kansas since she began her term.