PITTSBURG — Between 15 and 20 high-paying jobs will be coming to Pittsburg once further expansion plans for EaglePicher Technologies are complete.

According to a release from the City of Pittsburg, since 2007, EaglePicher has operated an automated thermal battery production facility in Pittsburg. EaglePicher’s facility is owned by the City of Pittsburg and the company has just renewed its lease on the property for another five years.

“It’s a great project for Pittsburg,” Pittsburg Economic Development Director Blake Benson said. “We’re proud to partner with them to continue growing good jobs at the Pittsburg facility.”

Since opening the facility with 26 employees in 2007, EaglePicher has grown its headcount at the Pittsburg facility to well over 110, including 46 positions created last year alone. These jobs feature an average wage of $18 per hour, well above the county average.

According to the release, to accommodate future output projections, the company will need an additional 15 to 20 employees and additional equipment to include two new servo presses, a heat press and a stacker within the next year. The equipment alone is valued at almost $3 million.

However, the release said, the company is out of space in the Pittsburg facility and is planning a 1,600 square foot building expansion and the addition of 30 parking spaces. EaglePicher estimates the cost of the building expansion at $225,000, while the parking lot expansion is valued at $125,000.

On March 1, the Economic Development Advisory Committee considered a request to utilize the Revolving Loan Fund to cover costs associated with the building and parking lot expansion. After touring the Pittsburg EaglePicher facility and meeting with company officials, the EDAC unanimously recommended committing $225,000 in non-repayable RLF funds toward the building expansion, while the city public works department will perform the parking lot expansion work. This represents an investment of approximately 10 percent of the total roughly $3.3 million project cost, with EaglePicher providing the additional 90 percent.

The matter will be before the Pittsburg City Commission for approval Tuesday night.

“Obviously all these projects have to come before the commission, but these are good jobs,” Bensons said. “This is why the EDAC recommended the project to the commission.”

Benson said the project is expected to be complete later this summer.

— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at prichardson@morningsun.net, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.