RDA Happenings October 2015
Posted on October 1, 2015 – By Emporia RDA
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 about VEKTEK:
The Gray family is from St. Joseph, Missouri started VEKTEK in Emporia 40 years ago
Over 25% of the total sales are international
The number 1 producer of hydraulic clamping devices
80% of the 142 employees are Flint Hills Technical College graduates
At the October 7th event, Troy Estes mentioned, “We’re going to double the size in the next year or two”. They are currently hiring 4 to 6 persons a week with experience in manufacturing technology.
The local economy continues to grow with ample job opportunities. Every evening in the classi-fied section of the Emporia Gazette are multiple advertisements.
The unemployment rate for September was 3.7% for Lyon County with over 16,124 persons employed. Some of the companies who have added employees in the last two years are Hostess Brands, Birch Communications, VEKTEK, Simmons Pet Food and Fanestil.
The Flint Hills Mall’s request to create a Community Improvement District (CID) to renovate and update the mall was approved. With the CID, B&B Theaters will upgrade the theaters. In order to fund a portion of the upgrades a 1% sales tax will be added to all sales in the mall for the next several years.
The Emporia Pavilions project northeast of the intersection of Industrial Road and 24th Avenue is still under consideration for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and Community Improvement District (CID). Hobby Lobby is considering locating at the Emporia Pavilions if the TIF and CID are approved. The City Commission is tentatively considering a public hearing on the pro-ject plan on January 20, 2016. It will require a 2/3 majority vote (4 Yes votes) to approve the project.
We continue to have inquiries locally, regionally, nationally and internationally from business opportunities.