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KBP Foods Back in Acquisition Mode

Overland Park-based KBP Foods, which cracked the top 50 on Ingram's list of the region's 100 biggest private companies last year, is making a push for Top 30 status: The Yum! Brands franchisee has announced yet another acquisition for 2017,… more

KC Makes Cut for World Cup Consideration

If this involved NCAA basketball, we could claim to have made it to the Round of 32 in the Big Dance, but this is soccer--on a global scale. The FIFA World Cup United Bid Soccer Committee today announced that Kansas… more

J.D. Power Ranks KCI “About Average”

With all the talk about the need for a new "front door" for Kansas City--in the form of a single-terminal construct at KCI--and the countering claims that the airport's convenience factor vastly outweighs the need for change, J.D. Power release… 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

Construction Starts on ‘The District’ in Lenexa

Another piece in the civic quilt that is the Lenexa City Center started to go into place today with groundbreaking for The District--175 luxury residential apartments, along with 45,000 square feet of office and 35,000 square feet of retail. It… more

230,000sf Industrial Building Going Up

The Opus GroupĀ  announced today that construction is under way on a second building at 56 Commerce Center, a 230,122-square-foot speculative industrial building. That comes after selling the first building there to Orizon, which makes complex sub-assemblies for the aerospace… more

Next CEO at H&R Block: Jeffrey Jones

H&R Block announced this morning that it had named Jeffrey Jones II as its next president and chief executive officer, succeeding Bill Cobb, who retired earlier this year, and interim president Tom Gerke, the firm's general counsel and chief administrative… 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

USA800 Acquired by Florida Firm

The 1,500 employees of Kansas City-based USA800 are now working for someone besides themselves: The employee-owned calling-center concern has been acquired by The Results Companies of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In a news release completion of the deal this week, officials… more

Morton Sets October Exit at UMKC; Bichelmeyer Named Interim Chancellor

  The University of Missouri-Kansas City announced this morning that Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer will step in as interim chancellor when Leo Morton, who announced his impending retirement earlier this year, serves his last day as chancellor in early October. [caption… more