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Rep. Kevin Yoder, 3rd District of Kansas, Speaks at FIA August Luncheon

Congressman Yoder memberportraitCongressman Kevin Yoder (R-KS-03) spoke at the Fairfax Industrial Association's monthly meeting at the General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kansas on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Rep. Yoder updated the group about issues facing Congress and the 3rd District, as well as highlighted his efforts to stop harmful regulations that would hinder businesses and job growth to the Fairfax Industrial Association (FIA).

During Rep. Yoder's speech to local leaders and FIA members, he discussed the new compliance regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency at length. As you may know, unfunded mandates being pushed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would increase a typical Wyandotte citizen's electric bill nearly 20 percent and force the BPU to spend $250 million. Rep. Yoder spoke about the legislation he introduced, H.R. 4654 the Lower Electric Bill Act of 2014, which would delay these new rules for 5 years so we can study the economic impact these regulations. Delaying the new compliance regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency while we search for better alternatives is important in efforts to protect general consumers, as well as the power companies, from burdensome utility bills and harmful mandates.

After the FIA meeting, Rep. Yoder toured the General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant to visit with employees and see production in action.

Rep. Yoder appreciated the opportunity to speak at the Fairfax Industrial Association monthly meeting and truly enjoyed listening to concerns and answering the thoughtful questions from the audience.Yoder 8-2014

Fairfax Vision: Brainstorming Session

Focus Meeting - WebA Fairfax Vision brainstorming session was held Aug 20th at the KCK Chamber office. The session focused on what Fairfax needs and should look like going in to the future, focusing on Fairfax's strengths and weaknesses. A group of business owners, landowners, developers, government and utility entities were invited so that each group could give their own perspective.

At the end of the four hour session, we were able to come up with a "Top 3" list of strengths and weaknesses of the Fairfax District. They are as follows: Top 3 Strengths (in order of importance) (1) a lot of new growth going on and the potential of more; (2) location, location, location, (3) affordable space. Top 3 Weaknesses (in order of importance) (1) infrastructure and vacant/abandoned buildings; (2) property appraisal process; (3) workforce.

The next step will be to focus on what we can do with these strengths and weaknesses for the betterment of the Fairfax district.

I would like to thank all of those who attended: John Latenser – Neff Packaging, Rob Richardson – Unified Government, Phil Musser – BPU, Mark Nobrega – Central Solutions, Steve Dailey – Fairfax

Drainage District, Mary Vrla – Kansas Gas Service, Mark Long – Zimmer Real Estate Services, Richard Sheldrake – Mark One Electric, Judy Timmerman – General Motors, Barb Moore – Union Pacific Railroad, Valerie Mussett – Design Mechanical, Stacey Woodyard – Fagan Company, Major Thomas McMillan – KCKPD, Greg Kindle – KCK Chamber & WDEC, Jason Banks – Mayor's Office, Jay Matlack – WDEC and Cindy Cash – Moderator.

A special thanks to Cindy Cash who served as the moderator, Mary Vrla of One Gas who came up with the idea for this session and provided lunch
and Greg Kindle and his staff for their help and hospitality at the KCK Chamber.

Redevelopment of Public Levee has Begun: 

Kaw Point Rendering - Web versionNorthPoint Development has been approved by the Unified Government and has begun redevelopment of the Public Levee.

NorthPoint will be demolishing 8 of the 9 buildings on site, and in their place will be a new 398,000 square foot Class A Industrial Building.

The new building will be a 32' clear height concrete tilt facility that can house both distribution and manufacturing tenants. The building will be built on a speculative basis, meaning no tenants are secured at this time.

The new building will also provide new access to Kaw Point Park, new lighting and utilities to the park, and a depiction of Lewis and Clark will be included on the south elevation of the new building. Demolition began on site in early August and the new building is expected to begin construction in March 2015 with a completion date of August 2015.

CarterEnergy to Move its Fleet Operations to Fairfax Area and Open Public Fueling Station

Carter Entergy - SignOVERLAND PARK, KS, AUGUST 1, 2014 – CarterEnergy, a division of World Fuel Services, Inc., is bringing a new Product Distribution Center (PDC) and a public fueling station (Cardlock) to the Fairfax area. The company has acquired 5.8 acres of land at 401 Kindleberger in Kansas City, Kansas, and has plans to construct a 5,600 square-foot facility to house its Kansas City fleet operations.

"The new PDC will provide room for future growth in the Kansas City market," said Shannon Stringer, Vice President of Transportation and Logistics for CarterEnergy. "It will also help improve our service level to customers by being closer to our two main loading terminals."

The planned Cardlock will provide area fleets a resource for fueling their vehicles with Diesel, DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) via our CNG@WORKSM branded offering.

"The broad and rapid market adoption of CNG as a transportation fuel is occurring within the heavy-duty trucking transportation class; and momentum within the medium-duty class (pick-ups and work class vehicles) is growing," said Dan Genovese, Director of CNG Development for CarterEnergy. "Our CNG@WORKSM program provides customers with the lowest cost natural gas supply; CNG vehicle and refueling infrastructure consulting; and turnkey CNG station financing and development. In addition to providing convenient public access to low-cost, fast-fill CNG fueling at the Fairfax facility, we will be helping our existing commercial fleet customers who are considering converting to CNG, as well as creating new relationships with other fleets who are looking for these types of CNG solutions."

CarterEnergy (carterenergy.com) is currently hosting a monthly webinar titled, "CNG Conversion 101", to interested fleet owners and operators. The webinar will cover the following topics:
• CNG's role in the future of transportation and why you should consider converting your fleet
• CNG Fleet Benefits, including a substantial reduction in fuel costs
• How vehicle technology has transformed to meet the growing CNG demand
• The economic implications of converting your fleet to CNG
• Our new CNG@WORKSM offering and how we can guide you through the conversion process--when the time is right
To request a webinar invitation, please contact Teri Physioc at 913-660-6679 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
For more information on CNG@WORKSM, please visit cngatwork.com.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran Visits A&E Custom Manufacturing in Fairfax

Senator Moran - AE MFGOn Monday, July 28, 2014, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) visited A&E Custom Manufacturing in Kansas City – part of the Fairfax Industrial Association – to learn more about their work in high-end fabrication and metal stampings. During his visit, Senator Moran called A&E a great example of a successful company that is now getting jobs that were going to China because of their innovative technology and educated workforce. As A&E continues to compete globally for business, Sen. Moran said he will continue to work in Washington to put in place pro-growth politics that lower energy and health care costs – two issues owner Steve Hasty mentioned have an impact on his business. Also joining Sen. Moran and Steve Hasty on the tour of the A & E facility were Steve Dailey of Fairfax Drainage District and Marty Quinn of Industrial Lumber – both Fairfax Industrial Association board members. Steve Dailey shared an update on the levee system surrounding the businesses in Fairfax. During the visit, Sen. Moran also enjoyed learning about the partnership A&E has with Kansas City Kansas Community College to train students on equipment used in fabrication and metal stampings.

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