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Alpha-Omega Geotech

AlphaOmega-logoDave Flessner, Director of Business Development

Alpha-Omega Geotech is a seasoned geotechnical engineering group with decades of forensic subsurface experience in Kansas and Missouri.

The company operates one of the oldest and most acclaimed soil and concrete testing laboratories in the Kansas City region. Alpha-Omega Geotech has spent decades sifting through soil and rock materials in and around Kansas City and that historical subsurface knowledge often allows the company to jump-start projects because it knows what builders are up against.

Alpha-Omega Geotech tests results provide insights needed to make critical decisions with fewer risks, and their lab manager is a long-time trusted leader among top area architects and developers.

Learn more about Alpha-Omega Geotech.


Ambrose-logo-linkedinMatt Ambrose, President & CEO

Ambrose is a third generation owned company, founded in 1977. Headquartered in the Kansas City metro area, Ambrose is an equipment and systems integrator in the industrial manufacturing space.

For nearly 45 years, Ambrose has delivered high-quality, manufacturing materials, reliable packaging equipment and unique turnkey automated solutions. The company serves some of the largest manufacturers in industries spanning food, beverage, agricultural, pharmaceutical, personal care, and industrial goods. With its commitment to customer service, coupled with unmatched technical and post-sale support, Ambrose continues to bring the latest in innovative solutions to companies.

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ARCO National Construction - KC

Arco Sponsor-12Sam Stahnke, Vice President

ARCO National Construction-KC is a premier, full-service design-build general contractor with over 30 years of experience providing clients with complete project delivery throughout the Kansas City region, as well as nationwide. Our professional, qualified team of engineers, project managers, superintendents, and architects is capable of designing and building the most demanding projects anywhere in the country. We pride ourselves in offering the best, most cost-effective, single source, turkey solutions and adding value to every project.

More than 75% of ARCO’s annual revenue comes from repeat clients. We attribute this to the excellence of our staff, our ability to fully comprehend project scope, and our steadfast dedication to safety, quality, value, and schedule. ARCO specializes in light industrial, cold storage, commercial/specialty, multifamily, and tenant improvement projects. From projects with accelerated schedules to challenging sites and everything in between, clients trust ARCO to build their most demanding projects, regardless of complexity or scale.

Learn more about ARCO National Construction - KC. 

AREA Real Estate Advisors

AREA-Typed-Logo_600pxTim Schaffer, President

Established in 2002 by entrepreneurs, AREA Real Estate Advisors is the leading independent commercial real estate firm in the Kansas City metropolitan area. As a full-service real estate company, AREA specializes in office, retail, industrial and multi-family brokerage, as well as property management, project management and consulting. AREA offers a platform that is tailored specifically for each client and assignment. We look at every transaction individually and from a business owner’s perspective. Our senior leadership is active on every account, pulling together partners and customizing the best solution to meet our clients’ needs.

AREA Real Estate Advisors has both regional and national expertise, and strong ongoing relationships. For more than a decade, AREA has represented not only hundreds of clients locally, but also facilitated corporate relocations, both regionally and nationally. We have worked on the behalf of our clients to negotiate incentives, analyze financials and metrics, plus site selection. We apply a nimble, team approach while providing the highest level of service.

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Beyond Warehousing

BeyondWarehousingJoe Fitzgerald, CEO

Beyond Warehousing is a 3PL warehousing company with over 600K square feet of storage space in the Kansas City metro. The company’s leadership team has over 40 years of combined experience at Amazon and over 60 years of industry experience in supply chain management with regional and national companies. As a subsidiary of NorthPoint Development, Beyond Warehousing combines warehousing and logistics expertise with the backing and reach of a national leader in real estate development. This combination enables unique scaling opportunities.

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Block Real Estate Services

Block Real Estate Logo- 2022Michael Block, CPM, Principal

Block Real Estate Services, LLC (BRES) is a full-service commercial real estate company managing over 45 million square feet of retail, office, and industrial properties. Affiliate Block Multifamily Group manages 9,500+ multifamily units for equity partnerships and third-party owners. BRES’s portfolio of services continues its role as the most comprehensive commercial real estate firm in Kansas City, providing brokerage services, tenant representation, investment services, asset and property management, economic incentives consultation, financial services, construction and development services, and the Block Funds.

Learn more about Block Real Estate Services.

BMS Logistics

BMSLogoBart Bond, National Sales and Marketing 

BMS Logistics, Inc. is a full service warehousing, packaging and distribution company headquartered in St. Joseph, MO. Over the past 30 years, their business has grown from one building to their current 13 buildings, encompassing more than 2.5 million square feet throughout Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Pennsylvania. Services include contract packaging, building product displays such as pallet displays and PDQs, order fulfillment, kitting, warehousing and distribution. 

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CBRE Group, Inc.

CBRE SponsorMike Mitchelson, Senior Vice President

With more than 105,000 professionals in over 100 countries, CBRE is the global leader in commercial real estate services and investment.

CBRE’s Kansas City office provides local and regional clients the full spectrum of services and insights offered by our global platform. Serving both investors and occupiers throughout the region for more than 30 years, CBRE Kansas City delivers the most comprehensive local service offering with the broadest geographic reach. Our industry-leading team, coupled with CBRE's global resources, is equipped to provide best-in-class services to every client.

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Colliers-logoBen Boyd, Vice President

Colliers is a leading diversified professional services and investment management company. With operations in 65 countries, more than 15,000 enterprising professionals work collaboratively to provide expert advice to real estate occupiers, owners and investors.

Colliers Kansas City is a full-service commercial real estate firm serving the Kansas City metropolitan area and Douglas County. Its employees and real estate advisors offer services such as agency brokerage, development, construction, tenant representation, investment brokerage, accounting, receivership, asset management, property management, project management, research and marketing. Colliers Kansas City serves clients across a broad range of property types including office, industrial, retail, mixed-use, land, multifamily and healthcare.

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Conveyor Solutions

Conveyor Solutions Logo.jpgKarley (Kucera) Felz, Applications Engineer

Conveyor Solutions is capable of meeting all your material handling needs with the latest in systems design and innovative equipment. Finding cost effective solutions rather in standalone equipment or turnkey systems, we have well over 150 years of combined experience in implementing both manufacturing and distribution systems.

Being a leading material handling solutions provider and integrator- we design, engineer, control, and install conveyor systems to help you move your products more efficiently. Whether you need a new system or want to improve an existing one, we have the expertise and experience to get the job done right. We understand the challenges businesses face when it comes to moving your products. That's why we offer comprehensive solutions that include everything from storage innovations to system integration (WCS)to conveyor system maintenance and aftermarket support. From concept to implementation to completion, whatever your needs may be, Conveyor Solutions has the solution for you.

Solutions range from complex highly-automated systems, including ASRS, Goods to Person automation, Autonomous Mobile Robots, Collaborative Robots, sortation, carousels, and conveyor systems to more straightforward items like horizontal belt or gravity conveyors. Applications range from food and beverage manufacturing with strict FDA, USDA, BISSC, etc. requirements to pharmaceutical cleanrooms to Distribution and Fulfillment Center greenfield sites, and so much more. With our own in-house software and controls company, we are a one-stop shop. Some of the products Conveyor Solutions offers include conveyors, storage products, rack, mezzanines & structures, safety & barriers, control panel builds, WCS, ergonomics & lifting solutions, pallet integration, modular buildings, wire partitions & cages, and automation. Services include System Design Engineering, Facility Layout, 3D Renderings & Animations, Project Management, and Planned Maintenance & Service.

Conveyor Solutions knows what it takes to perform quality work on schedule.

To learn more about Conveyor Solutions, please contact Karley Kucera or visit

Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & WakefieldJack Goldsborough, Director

Cushman & Wakefield is a global leader in commercial real estate services, helping clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. The firm’s 43,000 employees in more than 60 countries provide deep local and global insights that create significant value for occupiers and investors around the world. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services firms with revenues of $5 billion across core services of agency leasing, asset services, capital markets, facility services (branded C&W Services), global occupier services, investment management (branded DTZ Investors), project & development services, tenant representation, and valuation & advisory. 

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Emery Sapp & Sons (ESS)

EssLogoRGBfordigitalEric Mann, Business Development Manager

Emery Sapp & Sons (ESS) is a 100% employee-owned company passionate about delivering complex heavy civil projects. Since our founding as a one-man operation in 1972, ESS has grown into a national team of more than 1,400 employee-owners with expertise in all aspects of infrastructure including: excavation, grading, underground utilities, bridge construction, and asphalt and concrete paving.

ESS is a super-regional contractor with offices and material plants strategically located across the region. With industry-leading technology and one of the largest fleets of heavy equipment in the country, ESS is capable of providing turn-key civil construction services for large, fast-track and complex civil projects. Partnering with clients in both the private and public sectors, ESS is proud to deliver hundreds of projects each year for Departments of Transportation, private developers, federal government agencies, local municipalities, railway companies, and the United States military.

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Evergy, Inc.

Evergy LogoJason Klindt, Senior Director of Government Affairs and Economic Development

Evergy is committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable sources of energy today and well into the future. So we’re embracing alternative energy sources to generate more power with less impact to our environment, and adopting new technologies that let our customers manage their energy use in ways that work for them. Whether it’s new ways to connect with us, electric vehicle charging stations, or the next innovation around the corner, we’re dedicated to empowering a better future.

Evergy, Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) and Westar Energy, Inc, provides clean, safe and reliable energy to 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri. By combining KCP&L and Westar Energy, Inc., in 2018, a leading energy company was created that provides value to shareholders and a stronger company for customers.

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First Interstate Bank

FIB_LogoLockup_2Line_LtBkgd_RGB_lrgDoug Gaumer, Market President

First Interstate is a community bank headquartered in Billings, Montana, delivering best-in-class banking and Wealth Management services across Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. With more than 300 offices in 14 states, First Interstate is dedicated to helping these diverse communities reach their greatest potential—answering the needs of residents and businesses with practical financial solutions while supporting communities through business development and philanthropy.

A recognized leader in community banking services, First Interstate is driven by strong values as well as a commitment to delivering a rewarding experience to its employees, strong returns to shareholders, exceptional products and services to its clients, and resources to the communities it serves.

To learn more about First Interstate and the unique products and services offered, please visit


Fischer Weiler Industrial (FWI)

FWI-logoAndrew Fischer, Partner

FWI is a full service commercial real estate company specializing in industrial real estate in the Kansas City market. Led by founding partners Andrew Fischer and Henry Weiler, FWI represents both Landlords and Tenants, as well as Buyers and Sellers to help navigate the strategic decisions that arise when making real estate decisions.

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Flint Development

Flint Development 2Devin Schuster, Founding Partner

Flint Development is a commercial real estate development firm based in Kansas City, specializing in industrial, multi-family and senior living development throughout the country. Flint has over 50 years of combined experience and a proven history in development projects that realize successful returns for partners and make positive impacts in communities.

Services span the full development process from initial procurement of the opportunity to evaluating stabilized financial performance. Flint facilitates managing the whole design and construction process including working with engineers, architects, contractors and municipalities. The team has experience developing industrial, multi-family, independent living, regional and neighborhood retail centers, hospitality venues, office, medical and governmental projects.

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Hillwood/Kansas Speedway Corporation

KS Speedway-Hillwood LogoGregory Scovitch, Senior Vice President, Development

Founded by Ross Perot, Jr. in 1988, Hillwood is a leading, privately-held real estate development firm with a proven history of delivering long-term results for customers, partners and investors in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Europe. Hillwood has developed or acquired more than 205.3 million sq. ft. of industrial property across 24 states and five countries for over 575 tenants. 

In Kansas City, Hillwood is partnering with the Kansas Speedway Corporation to develop Speedway Commerce Center, a multi-phase business park offering flexibility for prospective tenants with a variety of size options available to suit. This strategic location offers tenants easy access to Union Pacific and BNSF intermodals via I-70 and an abundant labor pool. Its goal is to create jobs and increase wealth within the community.

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    Hunt Midwest

    Hunt Midwest Logo- 2022Mike Bell, Senior Vice President

    Hunt Midwest is a Kansas City-based, privately held real estate development company with six decades of expertise in industrial, self-storage, residential, multifamily, and senior living communities, with more than $2 billion of developed projects in multiple geographic markets. Its industrial offerings are varied; from available land, state-of-the-art new construction, climate-controlled underground capacity and everything in between. Hunt Midwest leverages its reputation, resources, and relationships to create successful real estate solutions.

    Hunt Midwest is one of the pillars of the Lamar Hunt Family’s holdings, which include interests in real estate, sports/entertainment, energy/natural resources, and private equity. Other marquee brands include the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bulls, FC Dallas, Hunt Southwest, and Trinity Hunt.

    Learn more about Hunt Midwest.

    Kansas City Aviation Department

    KCAD_LogoPete Fullerton, Assistant Director

    The Kansas City Aviation Department owns and operates Kansas City International Airport and Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. The Aviation Department's mission is to provide outstanding airport services in a safe and cost-effective manner for the benefit of citizens, visitors, airlines and customers.

    The department is an enterprise fund department of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and is supported wholly by airport user charges. No general tax fund revenues are used for the administration, promotion, operation or maintenance of the airports in the system.

    Learn more about the KC Aviation Department.


    KeyBank-logoChris Picardi, Sr. Vice President

    Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, KeyCorp is one of the nation’s largest financial services companies. Key Companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance and investment banking products to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally.

    Learn more about KeyBank

    LS Commercial Real Estate

    LS-Commercial-Real-EstatePaul Licausi, President

    LS Commercial Real Estate is a full service Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, Management and Development Company based in Overland Park, Kansas.

    Learn more about LSCR.

    McCownGordon Construction

    McCowenGordon-logoJeff Roy, Vice President Manufacturing/Industrial

    McCownGordon Construction was founded on a simple premise: focusing on core values of integrity, relationships and performance creates a different kind of construction company. Today, the firm is recognized as one of the region’s largest construction managers with offices in Missouri and Kansas. Specializing in construction management, design-build, sustainable construction and general contracting, the firm is committed to collaborative partnerships.

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    Mid-America Regional Council

    MARC logo_RGB_OUTLINESRonald Achelpohl, Director of Transportation

    The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) provides a forum for connections essential to creative problem solving and opportunity sharing. MARC is a nonprofit association of city and county governments and the metropolitan planning organization for the bistate Kansas City region. Governed by a board of local elected officials, MARC serves nine counties and 119 cities. Through MARC, the region works together to advance social, economic and environmental progress. 

    Learn more about Mid-America Regional Council

    Monarch Inventory Services

    Monarch-2Mark Stenberg, President

    Monarch Inventory Services: We solve inventory problems. Responsive. Reliable. Fast.  

    Inventory is more than items on a shelf or numbers on a spreadsheet. In today’s supply chain, inventory is complex and constantly changing. It can be challenging to keep up when you’re also focused on the day-to-day operations. This is where Monarch Inventory Services can help. With over 35 years of experience, we have assisted many companies reach their inventory goals.

    We use a variety of diagnostic and analytic modules that allow us to create a solution that will look different for each customer.  Every customer operates differently and our solutions are tailored to the way they conduct business.  Our technology allows us to adapt to you, not the other way around. 

    Here at Monarch, we understand your time is valuable. We are committed to helping you see your inventory clearly.  Don’t waste more of your precious time worrying about your inventory. Don’t wait, “Be Counted” today!

    Learn more about Monarch Inventory Services

    Newmark Zimmer

    Newmark-Zimmer-Large-blk-rgbMark Long, President and CEO

    Newmark Zimmer, a full-service commercial real estate company headquartered in Kansas City, provides a range of services including sales and leasing, property and facilities management, global corporate services, owner’s representative services for public and private development projects, and public sector consulting, as well as various real estate consulting services.
    Newmark Zimmer is regularly recognized as one of the top brokerage firms in the region, negotiating more than 500 transactions per year. The firm currently manages more than 14 million square feet of office, medical, industrial, retail and educational property and serves as corporate real estate advisor for an assortment of local, regional, national and international companies.
    Newmark Zimmer has been responsible for some of the most iconic developments in the Midwest region including the NNSA National Security Campus, Sprint World Headquarters Campus and the Village West tourism, entertainment and retail district — each valued at $1 billion or more.

    Learn more about Newmark Zimmer.

    Opus Development Company, L.L.C.

    Opus-LogoJoe Downs, Vice President, Real Estate Development

    Opus Development Company works to fully understand all aspects of clients real estate development needs. From site evaluation to navigating city approvals to securing financing, the Opus team of experienced real estate developers is involved from project inception to completion.

    Opus provides a deep level of experience in all real estate development disciplines across multiple sectors – industrial, office, residential, student living, senior living, retail and healthcare.

    As an integrated company, Opus can handle complicated land transactions, secure financial partners and overcome design and construction challenges. In-house experts work as one team to identify the right solutions for its clients' business needs.

    Learn more about Opus.

    Platform Ventures

    Platform-Ventures-logo_final2-copyMark Smid, Vice President

    Platform Ventures is a holding company, which through certain subsidiaries, invests in real estate assets, real estate operating companies, and real estate technologies.  Whether investing in real estate assets or operating companies, the Platform Ventures team knows how to uncover value and deliver returns.
    Born and raised in Kansas City, co-founders, partners, and brothers, Ryan & Terry Anderson, started investing in real estate with a loan in college and have since led Platform Ventures to become a growing real estate investment firm with over $2.5B assets under management. Being entrepreneurs themselves, they believe real estate is inherently an entrepreneurial endeavor. 
    The growing team members surrounding them have varied backgrounds and expertise in real estate investments, technology, investor relations, tax strategies, and more.
    Learn more about Platform Ventures.

    Riekes Equipment

    Riekes Logo - 2022Jeff Bublitz, Vice President of Operations

    Founded in 1936 in Omaha, Nebraska, Reikes Equipment has grown to be an industry leader in material handling and warehouse solutions. From the original business of recycling bottles in a barn, we have continued to expand and grow to exceed the needs of our customers adding conveyors, hand trucks lift trucks and a dazzling array of warehouse solutions. In addition to growing our product lines, we have also expanded our locations to ensure the best service for our customers.

    Today, we play an important role in finding effective solutions for warehouses, service departments and distribution centers. We are a proud recipient of the Yale Dealer of Excellence Award for more than 20 years and a 40+ year member of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) where we continue to earn the coveted Most Valuable Partner award, distinguishing us as a superior in our industry. It is this commitment to service that makes us so good at what we do.

    Learn more about Riekes Equipment.

    Ryan Companies

    Ryan2Brandon Brensing, Vice President, Real Estate Development

    At Ryan Companies, we believe in the value of the buildings we design, develop, manage and construct. Not just for their dollar value, but the value they bring to the people who use them and the communities that surround them. For more than 80 years, this belief has driven us to take a holistic approach to every project, focusing first on the “why” behind a client’s needs so we can achieve a better outcome in the end. And because we plan, design, build and own buildings, we have a profound understanding of the intricate balance between beauty, function and long-term value.

    We know that a commercial real estate project is a long-lasting endeavor, both for our clients and the communities in which they operate. Being a part of this work is not something we take lightly. It is our responsibility to go beyond simply fulfilling a request. We bring our expertise and passion to create buildings that will add value to the people who encounter them, from clients to building patrons to the community.

    As a national leader in commercial real estate, we know that our clients are as unique as their projects. Together, we build something far more profound than the physical presence of a building. We build the backdrops to life’s stories.

    Learn more about Ryan Companies

    Scannell Properties

    scannell-logoCam Duff, Director of Development

    Scannell Properties is a privately owned real estate development and investment company, focusing on build-to-suit and speculative development projects throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Scannell Properties offers experienced leadership, a history of successful commercial development projects, and a hard-won reputation for tuning in to the particular needs of our customers. The company serves corporate and institutional clients with the need for designing, building and leasing new facilities in one or multiple markets. Scannell Properties' knowledge, expertise, flexibility and resourcefulness enable the company to consistently deliver quality service and a superior product to its clients.

    Learn more about Scannell Properties

    Siggins Warehouse Design Consultants

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    Chris Siebenmorgen, Regional Manager

    Headquartered in Kansas City, Siggins is a Warehouse Design/Build material-handling systems integrator with 75 years’ experience specializing in complete Distribution Center design and implementation within the four walls.  

    A strategic analysis of your receiving, storage, picking and shipping operation leads our Design/Build/Retrofit and implementation teams to recommend alternative solutions to properly apply hardware and software to meet your goals.  We are well trained to maximize the use of all cubic space. Siggins also specializes in DC relocations.

    Whether a new facility or remodel of an existing operation, the efficiencies gained through best practices will result in increased storage capacity, and increased picking/shipping  rates with fewer people. 

    Learn more about Siggins,

    Union Pacific

    2002_shieldBenjamin Jones, Senior Director - Public Affairs

    Union Pacific Corporation is one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is North America's premier railroad franchise, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States.

    Learn more about Union Pacific.


    UPS_logoAndy Kyser, Marketing Manager

    Operating in more than 220 countries and territories, UPS is committed to moving our world forward by delivering what matters. Beginning as a small messenger service started by enterprising teenagers and a $100 loan, UPS and its more than 500,000 UPSers around the globe are a transportation and logistics leader, offering innovative solutions to customers, big and small. UPS understands and appreciates its responsibility to help build safer, stronger and more resilient communities founded on justice and economic opportunity for all, supported by a healthy, sustainable global environment.

    Learn more about UPS.

    VanTrust Real Estate

    VanTrust Registration Logo_583U_PRINTGrant Harrison, Executive Vice President

    VanTrust Real Estate, LLC is a full-service real estate development company. VanTrust primarily develops for the Van Tuyl family, select partnerships and clients seeking fee-based development services. Offering a full spectrum of real estate services, VanTrust’s expertise includes acquisition, development, asset management, design and construction oversight, and consultation. VanTrust adapts its role to achieve each project’s goals and objectives. Specializing in a variety of product types, VanTrust has extensive experience developing office, industrial, multifamily, mixed-use, institutional, governmental, hospitality, and recreational projects. VanTrust works nationally with regional offices in Columbus, Dallas, Phoenix, and Jacksonville with its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. 

    Learn more about VanTrust Real Estate.


    Watco Companies

    WatcoCurtis Frazier, SVP Real Estate & Industrial Development

    Watco is a single-source transportation and supply chain services company with locations throughout North America and Australia.

    Founded in 1983, Watco grew from one locomotive into a leading transportation services company. Today, it owns and operates a diverse and unmatched network of short line railroads, terminals, ports, and repair terminals.

    Because of Watco's depth and breadth of integrated services, its customers enjoy:

    -- All modes of transportation
    -- Service in any market
    -- Transport of any material, commodity, or product
    -- Customized supply chain solutions

    Learn more about Watco Companies.


    Workforge LogoNathan Walts, Executive General Manager

    WorkForge is on a mission to strengthen American manufacturing and our communities by providing engaging digital workforce development solutions. We focus on new employee knowledge acquisition during onboarding, accelerating time-to-productivity, and bending the curve towards better retention.  
    WorkForge provides the tools and insights critical to building a scalable and sustainable workforce including configurable digital career pathways, streamlining analog work instructions into digital paths, hybrid-based supervisor development programs, and a high-touch enablement process that leverages people and technology. 
    Forge your next generation talent development with WorkForge. 

    Learn more about WorkForge.

    Contact Chris Gutierrez and Elli Bowen to learn about engagement opportunities with KC SmartPort. 

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