Manufacturing


Colliers Exec: ‘Expansion, Not Recovery’

In the 7  1/2 years since June 2009, the official end of the Great Recession, the U.S. economy has struggled to maintain some sense of recovery, scratching out small gains in GDP most every quarter. Well, mission accomplished, says Andew… more

Bonner Springs Steel Firm Acquired

    Southwest Steel Fabrication, the longest-operating steel fabricator in the Kansas City region, has a new owner: A local private equity firm, Four Pillars Investors, announced Friday morning that it had acquired the Bonner Springs company.     In a… more

Kansas City Team Helps Businesses Conserve Energy, Save Money

At a time when reducing energy consumption is uppermost in many minds, Kansas City is contributing to state-of-the art solutions. FridgeWize—a Colorado company whose operations group is based in Kansas City— has been recognized by The Energy Awards—for creating the Energy… more

Department of Labor Reports on Productivity

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that labor productivity in the nonfarm business sector increased at a 3.1-percent annual rate during the third quarter of 2016, the first increase in that measure after three consecutive declines. An Associated… more

Johnson County Gateway Swings Into Service

The meeting of routes 35, 435 and K-10 is about to become a much more driver-friendly meeting as the Johnson County Gateway swings into full effect over the coming week. Yesterday in Lenexa, officials celebrated a ribbon-cutting for the completion… more

Kauffman Foundation Stresses the Importance of “Main Street” Entrepreneurs

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation shared some information today from its report on what it calls “Main Street” entrepreneurs, owners and founders of companies more than five years old and with 50 or fewer employees—companies that account for 63 percent… more

Survey Says Midwest Economy Continues to Lag

Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Index for a nine-state region stretching from Arkansas to North Dakota, declined for the month of October. The overall index came in at 43.8—down from 45.5 in September and the fourth straight month it has… more

KCRise Fund Announces First Investments

The entrepreneurship-supporting KCRise Fund—a sidecar venture capital initiative of the KC Rising economic development effort—announced today that it has selected two area companies for the fund’s first investments.  The companies chosen are, SpiderOak, an online data security company with several… more

Mentors Invest Time in the Future of KC Business

It’s a big day for entrepreneurship in Kansas City. As Ivy League Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business winds up its Minority Business Entrepreneurs program here in town and Techweek Kansas City continues spotlighting the local tech community, the Helzberg Entrepreneurial… more

KC Corporations See Potential in Minority Entrepreneurs

Today is graduation day for 30 Kansas City-area participants in a program called Strategy and Business Development for Minority Business Entrepreneurs—a 2½ -day intensive education program for executives, brought to Kansas City by the Ivy League staff of Dartmouth College's  Tuck School… more