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BUILD IT IN THE
Advanced Manufacturing in Kansas
If there is a place that knows how to make it, it’s Kansas! Ranging from fuselages to food and chemicals to computer electronics, there is a common thread among Kansas' manufacturing pursuits – the use of the most advanced techniques and innovative materials and support from in-state centers of national prominence. We are home to a vast network of diverse, quality and precision manufacturing activities from our catalog of companies. The exploration of innovative ideas is critical to businesses being able to improve processes, bring
new products to market, increase efficiencies and – above all – improve profitability. The Kansas workforce and many university partner resources can help your operations reach new heights. Add in effective business incentives, competitive utility rates, a high standard of living and an excellent business environment, and you have the winning formula for your manufacturing operation.
EVERY YEAR IN KANSAS
81% OF THE TOTAL EXPORTS ARE MANUFACTURED GOODS 2 Garmin - Olathe, KS
2 � Kansas Department of Labor 2020, � Labor Market Information Services, � Kansas Wage Survey 2019, � US Census Bureau 2019, � Kansas Department of Agriculture
GM Plant - Kansas City, KS
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Plant - Hutchinson, KS
Goodyear Plant - Topeka, KS
MANUFACTURING IN KANSAS MAKES UP
16.3% OF THE STATES TOTAL GDP 1
KANSAS MANUFACTURING COMPANIES EXPORTED
$9.4 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF GOODS IN 2019 2
Distance to Market from Kansas
Kansas is served by a comprehensive rail network comprised of 4,257 miles (6,851 km) of total track, which is the sixth largest network in the nation.6
Whether by highway, rail or air, Kansas offers excellent transportation and marketing advantages for your business. Centrally located and focused on building and maintaining an outstanding multimodal infrastructure, it is easier and less expensive to ship to and from Kansas.
Kansas’ central location and extensive network provides Kansas-based companies a safe and reliable route to major interstate highways that can connect them to 85 percent of the nation’s population in less than a two-day drive.
AVERAGE TIME FOR A GROUND PACKAGE TO REACH DESTINATION
KM I | 80 5
| 1,2 07
7 5 0 MI
1,200 MI | 1,931 KM
K A N S A S
OVER THE ROAD
LOGISTICS / SHIPPING
Association of American Railroads
CONCENTRATION OF MANUFACTURING COMPANIES IN KANSAS
Marysville Prairie View
Atchison Wamego Belvue
Kansas City Edwardsville Misson Shawnee Leawood De Soto Overland Park
Lawrence New Century
*Represents 150 hot spot locations of Kansas food, beverage, pet food, aviation and chemical manufacturers located in cities around the state. Not all locations, industries or companies shown. Source: Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Manufacturing Solutions and Dun & Bradstreet, 2020
Kansas is home to more than 2,500 manufacturers employing approximately 166,000 people across the state, including but not limited to: food and beverage, aviation, machinery and computer and electronic companies. Companies can leverage the multiple benefits of access to agricultural resources, a skilled workforce and our outstanding transportation infrastructure. Kansas is proud to be the home to a multitude of brands like:
Notable Kansas Manufacturers Company
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc*
National Beef Packing Co., LLC
Liberal / Dodge City / Kansas City, Kansas
Fresh and frozen meat processor
Cargill / Cargill Protein North America*
Tyson Fresh Meats
Holcomb / Emporia / Hutchinson / Kansas City, Kansas
Fresh and frozen meat processor
Garmin International, Inc*
Olathe / Lawrence / New Century
Communication and navigation manufacturer
Kansas City, Kansas
Wichita / Lenexa
HVAC building automation and controls
Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc.
Manufacturer of sterile injectable medicines
Agricultural equipment manufacturer
Simmons Pet Food
Manufacturer of wet/dry pet food and treats
Hill’s Pet Nutrition*
Topeka / Emporia
Pet food manufacturer
Description Aerostructures manufacturer
Agriculture equipment manufacturer
*Indicates headquarters or regional headquarters presence in Kansas. Source: Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Department of Labor, Kansas Manufacturing Solutions
Manufacturing Industry GDP by Sector
Aviation Equipment Chemical Machinery Food and Beverage Computer and Electronic 6
Fabricated and Primary Metal Products Plastics and Rubber Products
Automobile and Other Transportation Equipment
15% Source: Kansas Department of Labor, Labor Market Information Services, Kansas Wage Survey
Educational Assets and Talent Resources KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY (KSTATE) is a major comprehensive public research university with an enrollment of more than 24,000 students, and was ranked as the No. 12 university in the nation for improving students' critical thinking skills. K State is on the path to becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025. WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY (WSU) is a comprehensive urban research university with more than 18,500 students. WSU’s location enhances the traditional classroom experience by providing students on and off campus applied learning and career opportunities, and offers internationally recognized research programs in aviation and advanced materials. UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS (KU) is a top research university with more than 31,000 students and offers more than 400 areas of academic studies. Ranking among the nation’s top 50 public universities, KU is one of just 36 public schools in the prestigious Association of American Universities.
Kansas offers a variety of specialized training programs for the manufacturing workforce:
UNIVERSITY ENGINEERING INITIATIVE was created to meet the needs of businesses and industry by the Kansas Legislature. In partnership with Kansas State University, University of Kansas and Wichita State University; more than $200 million was committed to funding dedicated to increasing engineering talent. Through increased enrollment, better connections for students with Kansas companies at critical stages and increased opportunities for scholarships and internships, the program has increased total enrollment to more then 8,200 students and undergraduate engineering degrees to 1,500 annually.
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) INITIATIVE enhances career technical education by providing state-financed college tuition for high school students in post-secondary technical education courses, including a number of traditional vocational and STEM careers. Since its beginning in early 2010, this program has grown to more than 13,600 participants.
Manufacturing employs 165,000 people spanning all its industry sectors, which is 11.2% of total employment in Kansas.3
Food and Beverage
Fabricated & Primary
All Other 1
Kansas Statistical Abstract 2018, 2 USA Trade 2020, 3 US Census Bureau 2019
MCPHERSON HAS EXPERIENCED A 37% EXPANSION IN INDUSTRIAL JOB GROWTH OVER THE PAST DECADE DRIVEN BY PLASTICS, ENERGY AND EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING. 1
Rubbermaid Plant - Winfield, KS
AGCO - Hesston, KS
Industry Resources Manufacturing industry resources and workforce programs and resources offered by the state to help companies:
The National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) at WSU is a world-class aviation manufacturing training center with capacity to accommodate more than 1,500 students. The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at WSU focuses on the development of new materials and techniques in the lab and expedites the transition of these technologies into the manufacturing process and production. The Smart Factory at Wichita is part of the Deloitte Catalyst network, an immersive center focused on bringing together advanced manufacturing methods and technologies for companies to experience firsthand. Located at Wichita State University, the global immersive experience is designed to accelerate digital transformation. Kansas State (K-STATE) Polytechnic offers degrees focused in the areas of aviation, business, computers, engineering services and technology education. K-State Polytechnic was named the No. 2 Unmanned Aerial Systems College in the United States and boasts a 98 percent job placement rate. 8
The Technology Development Institute (TDI) provides services and resources to private industry to advance the commercial readiness of new products and technologies. TDI employs experienced engineers and business professionals to work with clients through every step from design to commercialization. TechAccel, LLC is a development company focused on advancing innovation in the agriculture, animal health and food technology sectors. Partner companies use TechAccel to collaboratively advance and de-risk technologies while reducing time to market. TechAccel partners with global industry leaders and relevant venture capital firms to assist innovative industry startups. Kansas Manufacturing Solutions helps manufacturers resolve their workforce needs through such tactics as proper hiring practices, creating exceptional employee experiences and career development training.
Merck Animal Health - De Soto, KS
Kempler Industries ranks Wichita No. 1 for manufacturing workers in the nation.3
Wichita is the third biggest manufacturing hub in the nation. 4
Harper Industries Inc.(Deweze) - Harper, KS
Heroes MAKE America connects the military community with career opportunities in the manufacturing sector. The program provides integrated training, certification and career readiness in partnership with local community colleges to prepare participants for rewarding careers in manufacturing. LocationOne is a searchable database of available sites and buildings. Real estate can be found by searching square footage, acreage, geographic location and other important variables. Its integrated GIS component uses customizable layers with market information, demographics, workforce, infrastructure, housing, business and industry to help locate relevant real estate for projects.
Garmin - Kansas City, KS
Foreign Trade Zones - (FTZ) are exempt from paying duty or federal tax while goods remain in the zone or are exported. The Kansas City, Kansas FTZ (Zone 17) currently includes nine counties: Atchison, Jefferson, Franklin, Wyandotte, Johnson, Douglas, Shawnee, Leavenworth and Miami. The Wichita, Kansas FTZ (Zone 161) currently includes seven counties: Sedgwick, Sumner, Butler, Saline, Reno, McPherson and Harvey. The grantee of the zone is the Board of County Commissioners of Sedgwick County. Kansas’ FTZs are Alternative Site Framework designated. Companies in the designated region are not restricted to a site-specific FTZ, as the entire county is eligible for FTZ benefits. This streamlined approach offers companies the ability to choose a site within the region that fits their needs.
Kansas is home to approximately 2,500 manufacturing firms operating from 2,800 physical locations throughout the state.
Spirit AeroSystems has one of the largest contiguous manufacturing/industrial campuses in the U.S. with over 8 million square feet under its roof.
3 Kempler Industry 2019, 4 Engineering Daily 2017
Available Incentives Kansas has various valuable incentive programs tailored to manufacturing companies to assist in reducing their cost of locating or expanding business operations in Kansas. •Withholding Tax Incentives
•Sales Tax Exemption on Ingredients or Component Parts
•Training and Retraining Assistance
•Sales Tax Exemption on Items Consumed in Production
•Corporate Income Tax Credits
•Sales Tax Exemption on Production Machinery
•Property Tax Exemption on Machinery and Equipment by State Statute
and Equipment •No Inventory Tax
•Sales Tax Exemption for Construction, Build Out, Remodel, Furnish and Equip Worksite •Sales Tax Exemption on Utilities Consumed in Production
•No State or Local Earnings Tax •Funding Dedicated to Transportation Improvements •Utility Incentives to Offset Rate Costs •77 Designated Opportunity Zones
The population of Kansas is more than 2.9 million.
Median Age 37.1 21% Generation Z and 20% are Millennials.
91% of Kansas adults have a high school diploma.
Kansas’ median housing cost is $145,400.
Top States for Business
Kansas Achieves High Rankings
Kansas Ranks 6th
Kansas recognized as the most improved state in the country.
U.S. News & World Report Best States 2019
Kansas recognized as the most improved state in the country.
2019 Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report
« Kansans, on average, experience a 19-minute commute... the sixth quickest commute in the country. « The most common non-English languages spoken in Kansas are Spanish, Vietnamese, German and Chinese.2 « Ranking No. 10 in the nation for affordable healthcare costs and No. 15 for overall healthcare system, Kansas offers quality healthcare at an affordable price.6
Council for Community and Economic Research 2020, 2 US Census Bureau 2019, 3 Big 7 Travel 2019, 4 NOAA Climate Comparison 2019, 5 Kansas Wildlife, Park and Tourism, 6 Wallethub 2020
Empire Candle Co. - Kansas City, KS
66% OF KANSANS ARE IN THE LABOR FORCE, WHICH IS
Exclusive production of Kubota’s smallest compact track loader, the SVL65, was
THAN THE REST OF THE UNITED STATES.
recently announced to onshore from Japan to Salina, KS. Tuttle Creek Lake - Manhattan, KS
KANSAS RANKS NATIONALLY IN THE
Top 5 FOR COST OF LIVING AT 12.1% BELOW THE U.S. AVERAGE
Fresh Farmers’ Market - Lawrence, KS
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