PITTSBURG — Apex Stages broke ground on a nearly $1 million expansion to its facility Thursday.

The mobile stage company will invest around $900,000 to develop a 31,000 square foot manufacturing facility on the west side of the Atkinson Airport Industrial Park. The project will create as many as 10 new jobs, and Apex CEO Todd Allison said the jobs are estimated to have a wage of $15-$21 per hour.

The expansion will also help open up the unused land on the west side of the industrial park, making it more appealing to businesses considering the park for development, according to Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Blake Benson.

“It has been my privilege to help open up this side of the park,” Allison said. “And in many ways this will be a three-part expansion.”

After expanding, Apex will look at doubling the size of the new facility if demand stays at current levels. Allison said the reason for the expansion is due to increasing demand for their products.

Once the new facility is built, Allison said Apex will move out of its current building, allowing room for its sister company, Progressive Products, to expand into the old building.

The Pittsburg City Commission also saw the benefits of the expansion. At its May 23 meeting, the commission approved an incentives package to help the project by selling 20 acres of land to Apex and agreeing to provide assistance necessary utility upgrades at the site.

The commission also approved a tax abatement for the new facility.

Local contractor Home Center Construction will build the new facility and estimates completion by the end of the year.

Apex is one of North America’s leading mobile stage manufacturers. The company has been featured on Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made” and provides stages for events during the Little Balkans Days Festival.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.