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Freight-Based Growth in the KC Region

by Mary Rooney | Nov 05, 2019

Freight-based companies continue to choose the Kansas City region as an ideal location for their operations. Here are a few recent announcements from companies moving to the Kansas City area or growing their current operation.

Multiple Seattle area manufacturing and supply chain companies have expanded or relocated to the Kansas City area over the last five years, including Honeywell, Shape Technologies, Aviation Technical Services and Receivables Performance Management. The companies say lower operating costs, ability to attract and retain certain skill sets, the central location, as well as overall quality of life as reasons for moving their facility to the Kansas City region. Read more

BMS Logistics, a full-service warehousing and logistics company, has officially announced it will build a new 350,0000-sq.-ft. contract packaging, warehousing and distribution facility in Eastowne Business Park in St. Joseph, Missouri. The company purchased 21 acres of land from the St. Joseph Business Park Corporation. The total investment will be approximately $14.7 million, with a building cost of $13 million. Read more.

The Shawnee City Council took action to advance a $90 million plan to build an industrial park at a gateway intersection, a project that could bring as many as 1,500 to 2,000 new jobs. The project would add a 2 million-sq.-ft. warehouse and facility that could handle distribution and light manufacturing. Read more

Orange EV moved into a 52,000-sq.-ft. production facility in Horizons Industrial Park near Interstate 635 and Missouri Highway 9 that's more than four times larger than its previous location, giving it space to ramp up production and grab more market share. The company makes an all-electric version of a terminal truck, also known as a mule, which is a type of small semi-tractor used to move trailers around a cargo yard. The electric trucks have no transmission, cooling system or exhaust, so they require far less maintenance and also save customers about 90 percent on fuel costs. The trucks also have zero emissions. Read more.

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