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A Midwest Hub for Industry and Innovation

by Mary Rooney | Feb 05, 2019

RE Business Online ran an article penned by Joe Caldwell, Industrial Market Leader, Bartlett & West, highlighting the unique geographic, real estate and workforce retention benefits of a supply chain company’s location in the KC market. An excerpt is included below, followed by a link to the full story.

Once referred to by developers as a “well-kept secret,” the Kansas City metro area is quickly developing a global reputation for skilled workforce, strong infrastructure, affordable housing and competitive overhead costs like transportation and utilities.

“Kansas City is a region rising. We are dispelling the notion that Kansas City is a well-kept secret,” says Tim Cowden, president and CEO of Kansas City Area Development Council. “There is growing recognition among site locators and corporate executives that the Kansas City region is an excellent option for any number of business types, including financial services, technology centers, animal health, e-commerce or industrial.” 

As one of the most populous counties in the metro area, Johnson County, Kansas, is a great option for business and industry seeking to locate in the Kansas City region. The county has added an average of 6,500 residents each year for the past decade, and private development is keeping pace.

Residential and retail projects dot the I-35 corridor northeast of Olathe, Kansas, the Johnson County seat. Southwest Johnson County, meanwhile, has become an industrial heavyweight with two parks located just off the interstate.

The 2,500-acre New Century AirCenter is one of the Kansas City area’s fastest-growing industrial parks after recently increasing developable acreage by nearly 700 acres — room for about 7 million-sq.-ft. of new buildings.

Located a little further southwest along I-35, the 1,700-acre Logistics Park Kansas City is home to businesses like Kubota Tractor Corp. and Flexsteel Industries, as well as BNSF Railway’s third-largest intermodal facility in terms of size.

Read the full article at REBusiness Online.

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