Remaking the Makers

Headlines, by their nature, are often rooted in developments that most of us might not consider good things. So a pair of them that emerged in recent weeks, regarding a couple of high-profile names on the regional manufacturing scene, might… more

Harley-Davidson Closing KC Plant

Almost three years after laying off close to 200 people from its Kansas City assembly plant, officials from Harley-Davidson have announced that they are closing the plant for good. Worldwide sales of Harley-Davidson products were down more than 6 percent… more

A Solid Tenant’s Market Has Developed in Kansas City

The Kansas City industrial property market has long been recognized as a key Midwestern logistics hub for its central location in the United States, significant highway and rail infrastructure, and affordable cost of labor. Throughout the last several decades, the… more

Irish Conglomerate Buying Ash Grove

More than a century of Sunderland family ownership will come to an end when Dublin-based CRH plc acquires Ash Grove Cement Co., the Overland Park cement manufacturer announced late Wednesday. Ash Grove has entered into a definitive merger agreement with… more

Ash Grove Names New President/CEO

Ash Grove Cement, the nation's largest domestically owned cement manufacturer, announced today that Randall Vance had been designated as president and chief executive officer. Vance had previously served as president and chief operating officer under Charles Sunderland, a fourth-generation leader… more

Horizon Global Distribution Hub Opening Soon

Horizon Global, which makes towing and trailering equipment, announced today that it was nearly finished with construction of its 512,000-square-foot distribution facility in Edgerton, which is expected to create more than 120 new jobs. The site will serve as the main… more

Lexington Firm Wins $1.6 Million Grant

The Missouri Department of Economic Development has awarded a $1.6 million grant to Lexington, Mo.-based Remington Arms Co. to upgrade machinery and equipment and enhance efficiency and safety at Remington’s manufacturing facility. As part of the project, the company will… more

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