RDA Happenings July 2016
Posted on July 31, 2016 – By Emporia RDA
The RDA hosted the Emporia Manufacturer Appreciation Dinner on June 23, 2016 at Flint Hills Technical College (FHTC). All the manufacturers and those businesses where the majority of their sales are outside the Emporia market area were guests at the event.
FHTC President Dean Hollenbeck grilled the ribeye steaks that were purchased from Tyson Foods.
Approximately 80% of those businesses accepted the invitation to the dinner with about 66% in attendance.
The purpose of the dinner was to thank those businesses for their direct economic impact to the community in terms of payroll and full-time jobs generated by their sales and purchasing local goods and services.
It was a social gathering with no particular agenda, a time for business leaders to visit with other business leaders. After dinner introductions were made of those in attendance. Comments were made by Major/RDA Chair Rob Gilligan, FHTC President Dean Hollenbeck and RDA President Kent Heermann. We hope to continue this event in the future.
On July 16, 2016 was the fourth annual Twinkies Festival at the Flint Hills Mall. The morning began with a 5K run and walk.
A welcome was given by Hostess Brands Vice President of Human Resources Matt Hall. He indicated that before the end of summer over 600 full-time employees will be working at the Emporia Hostess Brands bakery. The majority of all the Hostess Brands cake products are produced in Emporia. More growth is projected as Hostess continues to grow.
After Matt Hall’s comments, I spoke about Hostess Brands, where three years ago Friday on July 15, 2013 was the launching of the “SWEETEST COMEBACK IN THE HISTORY OF EVER”.
Emporia has worked hard to become the Hostess Brands flagship plant with nearly 600 full-time employees.
We thank Hostess Brands for providing all the cake products for the Twinkies Festival on Saturday. The festival continued with a new event, the box car derby, a costume contest and recipe contest, the crowd favorite is the Twinkie eating contest.
Warren Way which is an internal street within Park III located in southeast Emporia connects Penny Lane to East Logan Avenue. The RDA wrote a grant to fund 50% of the construction cost of paving Warren Way and the construction of two storm water detention ponds on lots 1 & 2 north and south of Warren Way.
The paving of Warren Way will be beneficial to Simmons Pet Food, who makes over 3,000 annual trips from the Simmons East building to the west building. In addition, the paving of Warren Way opens paved access to the west 45 acres of Park III for future development. It is anticipated that Warren Way will be open to traffic by mid-August 2016.