Manufacturing Month in Junction City-Geary County: Why Your Business Should Expand Here

Monday, October 25, 2021

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Junction City-Geary County, Kansas, is home to multiple global manufacturing companies, including biotech, that are using the latest technologies to produce the goods the world needs. Junction City-Geary County Economic Development Commission (JCGCEDC) is taking the time during Manufacturing Month to celebrate these companies for their innovations and employment opportunities that grow our economy. Manufacturing creates careers that are full of opportunity for both advancement and stability.

Manufacturing in Junction City-Geary County

The manufacturers in Junction City-Geary County are leaders in technology and good workplace practices, produce high quality products, and consistently innovate to keep in step with and progress their industries. A few of the incredible companies that are producing in our region include Camso/Michelin, UPU Industries, and Ventria Bioscience.

Manufacturing Sector in Kansas is Growing

Manufacturing’s importance in Junction City-Geary County and throughout Kansas is due to the sector’s stability and growth. In fact, manufacturers in Kansas contributed $27.45 billion to the Gross State Product in 2019, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The export of manufacturing goods from Kansas in 2020 was $8.26 billion, and accounted for the creation of  jobs and economic opportunities for the state.

There were more than 156,000 manufacturing employees in Kansas in 2020 as reported by NAM, and the average annual compensation for manufacturing jobs in Kansas was over $74,000 in 2019. Upon graduating high school or trade school, students can begin working for one of the manufacturing companies in Junction City-Geary County and within a few years, reach a level of income that surpasses the average household income in the United States. 

Reasons Manufacturing Companies Should Locate in Junction City-Geary County

Ventria BioscienceThere are several advantages Junction City-Geary County offers to national and global manufacturing companies such as:

  • Infrastructure Assets - Manufacturing facilities in Junction City-Geary County benefit from our high-capacity, low-cost utilities. Kansas Gas Service offers the best of both worlds: local commitment and national quality control. Evergy, the largest electricity provider in Kansas, is a powerful partner for businesses, providing billing and rate analysis, conservation tips, power factor analysis and sales tax audits. Municipal water is abundant and affordable. Telecommunication services are able to meet every business need. Recently, Twin Valley fiber-optic service brought a major infrastructure upgrade to Geary County. Details for all of these well-established utilities can be found here. 
  • Transportation Assets and Logistics -  Geary County’s prime location in the center of the nation provides key logistics advantages for entrepreneurs and existing companies. With an unbeatable drive-time radius that puts multiple major markets like Kansas City, Chicago, and Dallas within 600 miles, businesses can get the raw materials they need and ship goods quickly. Additionally, Junction City is served by the Union Pacific Railroad and Watco Shortline Rail and has convenient access to Manhattan Regional Airport, the second-busiest commercial airport in Kansas.
  • Incentives - You won’t find a better partner to nurture the growth and expansion of your business or industry than the Junction City-Geary County Economic Development Commission. We facilitate a pro-business climate through a portfolio of incentives designed to help your business succeed. Incentives include tax exemptions and rebates to industrial revenue bonds, revolving loan funds, and customized packages tailored to your business and its unique needs. Explore local and state incentives here.
  • Workforce - There is an educated and stable workforce in Junction City-Geary County, aided by proximity to quality educational institutions and Fort Riley, which brings in highly trained military personnel and their spouses. Additionally, there are training programs available at the Junction City Workforce Center, which provides a single point of entry to a network of employment, training, and educational programs and providers in Clay, Geary, Marshall and Washington counties. Find all the details about our full workforce demographics here.

JC-GC EDC Provides Free GIS Planning Tools 

To further simplify information gathering for relocation and expansion, Junction City-Geary County EDC has free tools to help. Geary County’s community profile can be explored here and comparison of communities can be conducted here. Industry and clusters information, including business searches, can be researched through the interactive GIS Planning tool found here. Additionally, labor force demographics and consumer expenditures can be explored using the interactive GIS Planning tool found here. All of the information and maps generated can be added to a shareable custom report. 

Now is the right time to relocate or expand your business or corporation to Junction City-Geary County. Explore our full array of tools for site selectors here and contact us at 785-762-1976 or edc@jcacc.org.

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