DFA Starts Work on New Headquarters

Dairy Farmers of America, the Kansas City region’s largest private company as measured by annual revenues, marked the start of construction on its new Wyandotte County headquarters with a beam signing at Sporting Park.

“As we experience continued growth, it’s more important than ever that we’re recruiting and retaining top-notch talent,” said Rick Smith, DFA’s president and chief executive officer. “This building reflects our desire to create an appealing work environment—not only in terms of aesthetics but also providing access to amenities that employees are interested in.” 

The company will leave its headquarters near KCI for the 100,000-square-foot, three-story building that is scheduled to open in early 2017. Smith said the facility highlighted the company’s commitment to remaining in the Kansas City area. He was joined by Unified Government Mayor Mark Holland; Dirk Schafer, Midwest regional president for J.E. Dunn Construction; and DFA board chairman Randy Mooney.

The event concluded, to the surprise of almost no one, with a celebratory round of  cookies—served with milk.