Year: 2015

RDA Happenings December 2015

December 1, 2015

In April 2013, Emporia’s economy began to turn in a positive direction. Back in 2008 with the downsizing of Tyson, the Great Recession and the bankruptcy and closure of Hostess Brands in November 2009, the local economy was challenged for many years. It all started in 2013 with Hostess Brands, Simmons Pet Nutrition and then…

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RDA Happenings November 2015

November 1, 2015

At a recent meeting I attended, the speaker pointed out that the Gallup World poll has asked a series of questions to the world population. What the Gallop World poll has revealed is “What everyone in the world wants is a good job. This is one of Gallup’s biggest discoveries ever, yet almost no leader…

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RDA Happenings October 2015

October 1, 2015

Congratulations to VEKTEK and all its employees for being awarded the Governor’s Exporter of the Year award. On October 7th, Governor Sam Brownback toured VEKTEK and then had a ceremony present-ing the trophy to Emporia VEKTEK Manager Troy Estes, who accepted the award on behalf of all VEKTEK employees, management and owners. Some interesting facts…

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RDA Happenings September 2015

September 1, 2015

At the September 16th City Commission meeting a Proclamation was unanimously passed declaring October 2, 2015 as “Manufacturing Day”. Julie Cooper from Flint Hills Technical College (FHTC), Brian Potter from Sim-mons Pet Food and RDA President Kent Heermann attended. According to the U.S. Census 2013 County Business Patterns for Lyon County, the average annual salary…

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RDA Happenings August 2015

August 1, 2015

H.J. Baker & Bros. Inc. announced on July 17, 2015 their intention to invest over $8.4 million in a lysine encapsulation plant in Emporia, Kansas. Construction on the 13,000 sq. ft. facility should begin in the late summer or early fall. The facility is scheduled to be operational by the 2nd Quarter 2016. The facility…

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RDA Happenings July 2015

July 1, 2015

As President of the Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas (RDA), it pre-sented the opportunity to serve on various state and national boards. At the present time, I serve on TEAM Kansas. The purpose of TEAM Kansas (formerly the Kansas Cavalry), was created in 1973 by Governor Robert Docking and a delegation of business…

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RDA Happenings June 2015

June 1, 2015

Last year construction began on the new Fanestil building on west Highway 50 and the Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing (DDR) warehouse on Overlander Street just west of the DDR building. Within the next 30 days or so both building will be completed and will begin to be occupied and then operational. May 13th this past year…

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RDA Happenings May 2015

May 1, 2015

A footnote to the Hostess Brands Ribbon Cutting on April 8th. We knew a reporter, Steven Bertoni, with Forbes Magazine attended the Ribbon Cutting and interviewed Dean Metropoulos and Andrew Jhawar. His article entitled, “Twinkie’s Miracle Comeback: The untold, Inside Story of a $2 Billion Feast” was posted on the internet in mid-April the Forbes…

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RDA Happenings April 2015

April 1, 2015

Many years ago I attended a meeting of the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), which is the lead economic development marketing group for the Kansas City Area. This includes both the Missouri and Kansas and counties as far west as Shawnee County (Topeka). Bob Marcusse was giving the history of the development of the…

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RDA Happenings March 2015

March 1, 2015

Back in 1998, the RDA received a lead on a project that wanted to locate within 30 miles of Emporia, but not in Em-poria because, “our community was just too big.” Many decades in the economic development recruitment, getting accused of being too big is not generally heard of. None the less, prospect Tom Whalen,…

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