Governor Colyer Congratulates O'Brates, Palmer Manufacturing

Friday, September 21, 2018

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This story originally appeared on Greater Garden on 8/7/18, written by Scott Aust. 

Gov. Jeff Colyer stopped in Garden City on Tuesday morning at Palmer Manufacturing and Tank, 2814 W. Jones Ave., to celebrate and congratulate the O’Brate family for reacquiring the company, a deal that was announced last week.

“We just want to say thank you for all that’s happened here in Garden City in bringing Palmer back into the fold and to build their business again. Did you kind of miss them a little bit, Cecil?” Colyer said.

Acquired by Cecil O’Brate in 1966, Palmer Manufacturing and Tank was sold by the O’Brates to Worthington Industries in 2013. The company makes steel and fiberglass tanks and processing equipment for the oil and gas industry.

Steve O’Brate, Palmer Manufacturing general manager, addresses the crowd Tuesday about his family’s purchase of the company.

Steve O’Brate, Palmer Manufacturing general manager, said the company started with six employees in 1966 and had about 200 when it was sold to Worthington. Currently, there are about 100 employees but the company plans to grow toward that 200 employee level within three years.

O’Brate said the buy-back happened fairly quickly.

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