TMS International, a company that began operations in 1926 in Pittsburgh and now has 4200 employees around the world, is coming to Sedalia.

An announcement was made Wednesday morning at the EDSPC offices, 3615 W. Broadway, attended by dozens of community leaders and politicians, including Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe.

TMS International is the leading provider of on-site, industrial steel mill services for steelmakers globally, providing invaluable resources that support and enhance their partners' entire manufacturing operations, according to the company's website.

Jim Leonard, manager of media relations, thanked Gov. Mike Parson, Lt. Gov. Kehoe, EDSPC Executive Director Jessica Craig and Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debra Andresen for the ample assistance in bringing TMS to Pettis County.

The company will work hand-in-hand with Nucor Steel Sedalia, Inc., and locate on their business on three acres of land north of Sedalia, the second tenant of the newly-established Rail Industrial Park.

TMS is expected to hire 15 workers, including heavy equipment operators, mechanics and management personnel, according to a press release. An exact date when TMS operations will begin was not given on Wednesday.

“We are excited to be here, and we are going to provide quality employment at above-average wages, with competitive benefits and the potential for everybody to advance,” Leonard told those gathered for the announcement. “We are fortunate to be a part of this outstanding community and we're eager to work together with you to help grow this area. It's a great place to live, work and play.”

Lt. Gov. Kehoe was accompanied by members of MoDED Wednesday. “We're just so excited. Economic development is something that we live, eat and sleep all the time,” he said. “So don't ever be afraid to call us, because we want to make sure the business environment and their experience here is the best they're ever had.”

Gov. Parson was busy in Jeff City signing bills, Lt. Gov. Kehoe noted. “He send his best regards.” he said.

ESDPC Board of Directors President Rusty Kahrs was the emcee for the event. He presented a plaque on behalf of EDSPC to Leonard and TMS Sedalia Site Superintendent John Seaman.

Also speaking briefly at the were Pettis County Presiding Commissioner David Dick, State Rep. Brad Pollitt, State Rep. Dean Dohrman and Sedalia Mayor John Kehde.

In the top photo: Jim Leonard, director of public relations for TMS, and Sedalia SIte Superintendent John Seaman share laugh during Wednesday's announcement at the EDSPC offices, 3615 W. Broadway.