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[January 25, 2013]

ESPi locating to Clay Center

Jan 24, 2013 (Clay Center Dispatch - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A new and growing company has partnered with Twin Valley Telephone to offer a longer-lasting battery used in the telecommunications business.

Everything Super-Powered International (ESPi), has announced plans this week to locate their headquarters and manufacturing operations to Clay Center at 630 Lincoln Ave., a building owned by Twin Valley.

"We could have done this literally any where, but because of the local investors, we wanted to do it in Clay Center," said Mike Foster, TVT chairman a a local owner of ESPi. "We involved as many companies and organizations as possible in this initiative, and we're going to continue to do that. We're going to be good citizens in the community, and we're Chamber of Commerce members, ED members. We're going to be involved. These jobs are going to stay here. We have no idea what this thing is going to look like even in two years or five years, but it has the potential to be a really big deal for Clay Center.

In Clay Center, ESPi employees will assemble "the Epic," a new uninteiruptable power supply used in fiber optics (see related story) and ship them to clients throughout the US. ESPi clients include not only Twin Valley, but also, more than 1,200 communications companies in the US who rely on fiber-to-the-premise infrastructure to provide services including Internet and television, a press release said.

The business plans to be operational in 30 days, with batteries built as early as February, and in full operation by March 4. Adapting the old Skinner building on Lincoln Avenue for the company hasn't been too big of a challenge, Foster said. The garage area is virtually unchanged, and an area that had been converted to classrooms will remove partitions to make it one big space.

Initially, about five employees will be hired to assemble the battery system in Clay Center, with several more expected to be hired as the business grows.

Assembly of an Epic goes fairly quickly, Foster said. Besides the battery, which are drop shipped by a battery manufacturer, there are five other components to the Epic, he said.

Brent Craig, Clay Center, has been hired as the plant manage to lead operations at the facility. Craig has nearly 20 years of manufacturing experience. Foster said over the next month or so, Craig will design the line and work out any kinks in production.

"Right now he has a large empty room to work with," Foster said.

Among the local owners of the company are Foster, John Gisselbeck and one other local owner who chose not be named. Other founding owners are from Wichita, Arkansas, and California.

More information about ESPi and their product can be found at http://espicorp.com.

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