"There's no space for additional workers yet, but this will give us room for our immediate needs and long-term growth strategies."

McPherson Concrete Storage Systems, Inc., is about to get bigger.

The company's board approved a 28,000-square-foot expansion Tuesday, kicking off a project that will begin work once the city approves as well. The expansion will be built adjacent to McPherson Concrete Storage' System's existing campus and occupy a currently vacant space at 300 N. Kansas Highway 81 Bypass.

"We still have to go through the city planning for final approval on our plans," said Wade Wentling, president of McPherson Concrete Storage Systems, Inc. "That's scheduled to happen on March 6, and we hope we can start dirt work sometime in April."

Planning for this expansion has been underway for some time, and if city approval is granted, the project is expected to be completed around the end of 2017. It will include 12,000 square feet of warehouse, 8,700 square feet of fabrication space, and 7,400 square feet of office space.

"Immediately, this will open up two or three new positions," Wentling said. "There's no space for additional workers yet, but this will give us room for our immediate needs and long-term growth strategies."

McPherson Concrete Storage Systems has built storage structures since 1911, such as grain storage. Facilities can be up to 84 feet wide and hold nearly 5,000 bushels per vertical foot.

The company is related to McPherson Concrete Products, which creates pre-cast structures and provides ready-mix concrete.

"We're trying to put a corporate headquarters here in McPherson," Wentling said. "We've always had strong ties to the community, and this is our way of cementing, if you will, our presence here."

McPherson's central location in Kansas was also a factor.

"Besides the people we employ and the tax base we create, we help to improve property wherever it might be located," Wentling said. "A few new additions will clean up that area of town, ad we'll have a nice new structure that I think will look good in the community."