Palmer Manufacturing back in business
Thursday, Aug 9, 2018 10:28 am
Palmer Manufacturing back in business
Garden City Telegram: Palmer Manufacturing and Tank has bought back the Garden City steel and fiberglass manufacturing plant formerly owned by Worthington Industries, after transferring ownership of the facility in July.

Steve O’Brate, Palmer Manufacturing general manager, confirmed the sale and said the company was undergoing a transition period. He said he wanted “to put the thing back to business.”

The company, at 2814 W. Jones Ave. will once again operate under the name “Palmer Manufacturing and Tank,” said Jake Price, in-house counsel for American Warrior, Inc., which is owned by former Palmer Manufacturing owner Cecil O’Brate.

“We have retained the employees and are looking to regain our previous position in the marketplace,” Price said in an email.

Worthington Industries acquired Palmer Manufacturing, managed by Cecil and Steve O’Brate, in April 2013 in an attempt to expand energy product availability and geographical presence in the oil and gas industry, according to a 2013 press release from the company.

The Garden City plant’s product line and proximity to natural resource hubs in Kansas and nearby states made it valuable to the company, according to the release. At the time, the plant employed roughly 200 people.