Sarto Countertop Breaks Ground on Plant in St. Marys

Sarto 4Sarto Granite (Sarto Countertops) broke ground on a new manufacturing facility in the Sandy Hook Industrial Park on Jesuit Lane in St. Marys on Thursday morning, November 16th at 10:00 AM. Sarto, currently in Emmett, offers countertops and vanities made with top quality granite and quartz to fit the needs of customers. With state of the art tools and equipment, they produce precisely cut and polished slabs of granite and quartz. They will be expanding substantially into their new 20,000 sq. foot facility. The firm also owns Bella Countertops on Highway 24 just east of Manhattan.

Owners of Sarto Granite, Giuseppe Vanderputten and Robert Wiemann worked with PCEDC Executive Director Jack Allston on the transaction over several months since PCEDC owned the land in the St Marys park. Sarto has received financing from Kaw Valley State Bank, as well as Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation’s E- Community loan program. In addition, after construction is completed in 2018, Sarto should receive funding from Frontier Financial Partners in Emporia with an SBA 504 loan.

Wiemann indicated that one of the main reasons that they decided to remain in Pottawatomie County was because of the strong work force and the county’s commitment to workforce readiness through ACT WorkReady program. Pottawatomie County is one of only three counties in the state that is Certified WorkReady. This and the bond they have with St. Marys and the Sandy Hook attributed to the decision as well as the financial package.

Participating in the ground breaking were the Sarto officials, PCEDC, the city commission, city planning commission, Frontier Financial Partners, Kaw Valley State Bank, the St. Marys Chamber of Commerce and others.

PCEDC owns additional land in the Sandy Hook Industrial Park with lots from 3 acres up to 10. For more information, contact Jack Allston at 785-456-9776 or jack@ecodevo.com. For more information on the E-Community Loan Program, contact Jessica Venneberg at the same number or jessica@ecodevo.com.

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