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W.M. Barr & Company, Inc.

Project Number: 20160901
Pilot Type: Expansion
Status: Approved
Parcel ID: 050113 0015c
County Commission District: 9 | City Council District: 6


W.M. Barr & Company, Inc. was awarded a nine-year Expansion PILOT to enable the company to retain 179 jobs in the City of Memphis and add 40 net new jobs to the company’s Presidents Island facilities. The average base salary with expected overtime for all 219 employees will be $52,800, excluding benefits. The company will add 10,000 square feet of manufacturing space to its existing facility. Total project investment is $12 million.

When complete, these redesigned facilities will have reduced 1,500 feet of conveyors to just 500 feet, improved plant efficiencies and increased local employment from 179 to 219 jobs. This will assist the company with reshoring capabilities from China to Memphis and to ship more than one million units per week from the Memphis headquarters.

Founded in 1946 by William M. Barr, the company has grown to become a leader in specialty cleaning and home improvement products that are sold in more than 40,000 stores in all 50 states. The Memphis-based company manufactures paint removers, solvents and household cleaning products including Klean Strip, Damp Rid, Goof Off and Home Armor. W.M. Barr & Company and its sister company, Microban International, employ more than 300 people worldwide.

EDGE Staff projects $8,845,322 in local total tax revenues to be received during the PILOT term and a $1,117,131 benefit to the company.



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Not applicable

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Not applicable

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City: $488,835 (75%)
County: $628,296 (75%)

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Ramp up Period



8/31/2018 (Real)
12/31/2018 (Personal)



Lease Begins

8/31/2018 (Real)
12/31/2018 (Personal)

Lease Expires

8/31/2027 (Real)
12/31/2027 (Personal)


Not applicable

Property Details

Lease Began

8/31/2018 (Real)
12/31/2018 (Personal)

Lease Expires

8/31/2027 (Real)
12/31/2027 (Personal)

W.M. Barr & Company, Inc.

2105 Channel Avenue, Memphis , TN 38106