Compass Minerals’ Fran Malecha Steps Down as CEO

Compass Minerals, one of the largest public companies headquartered in the Kansas City region, announced today CEO Fran Malecha was leaving the company after five years at the helm, effective immediately. The company's board appointed lead independent director Dick Grant… more

Garmin Celebrates Growth Milestones

Garmin is commemorating the fact it has simultaneously sold more than 200 million of its GPS navigation/wearable technology products and also opened the first phase of its headquarter expansion in Olathe. According to a release from the company, the 750,000-square-foot… more

August Report: Manufacturing Employment Down in Missouri, Up Nationally

Missouri manufacturing jobs fell by 1,500 in August. That is according to a new analysis by the Center for Economic and Policy Research. And according to the analysis, employment in blue collar sectors actually grew by 26,000 nationally. Although manufacturing… more

The 2018 Ingram’s 250

Before you can compile a roster of the most influential business executives in a market of nearly 3 million people, you first must define what it means to have influence as an executive, what it means to wield that power,… more

New Distribution Center Opening in Edgerton

Emporia-based Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation will open a distribution center in Edgerton in June of this year.  The facility will be located in the Inland Port VIII at the Logistics Park, next to the BNSF Intermodal Facility.  The first shipments from… more

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