Thursday, Jun. 15th 2017

SEDC Honors Area Businesses For Capital Investments and Job Creation

Shawnee’s economic development momentum and the businesses that have contributed to it were recognized on June 14. Nine businesses were honored at the Shawnee Economic Development Council’s Business Appreciation luncheon. Two awards recognizing downtown businesses were also presented.

SEDC Executive Committee Chair Leo Nunnink said, “For the past several years, millions of dollars have been invested in the community with industrial, office, retail and residential development. These annual awards recognize positive economic growth and developments during the past year.”

The selection criteria for the Business Development Award includes having projects that were completed or nearly completed during the last 12 months that involved a capital investment of at least $1million, and/or that created a significant amount of jobs in the community. This year’s Business Development awardees include:

Amazon, the E-Commerce giant will occupy 80,000 square feet in the Westlink Business Center building number two at 43rd Street and K-7 Highway. The online retailer is expected to employ more than 100 people at the Shawnee facility.  

B&B Theatres Shawnee 18 underwent a multimillion dollar renovation in the Westglen development off Midland Drive. The owner of the new theatre is B&B Theatres, a fourth generation, family owned business based in Gladstone, Missouri. The project represents an $8 million capital investment and created 20 jobs.

Centra Care Shawnee Mission Urgent Care is a partnership between Centra Care and the Shawnee Mission Health system, and offers convenient urgent care close to home in Shawnee. A board-certified physician, radiology technicians, nurses, prescriptions and labs are available on-site. The project brought $2 million in capital investment and 10 new jobs to Shawnee.

CityWide Electric, founded in Shawnee in 2000, provides electrical contracting services for projects that reach across various industries including commercial, industrial, residential, data and communications design build and more. As a result of increasing growth, CityWide built a new 7,600 square foot facility at 59th Street and Barton in Shawnee.The project added significant capital improvement to downtown and has allowed the company to grow to over 40 employees.

Comfort Inn & Suites is the new 65 room hotel located at the northeast corner of Midland Drive and Renner Road, and is expected to open later this summer. The project has a wide impact by creating dozens of new jobs, adding to the tax base, and enhancing the transient guest tax fund by way of additional hotel room capacity

Discount Tire is America’s largest independent tire and wheel dealer with more than 900 locations across 29 states. This spring Discount Tire opened a new 7,800 square foot store just east of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Quivira at the former site of Arrow Rents. The store offers a wide range of product choices, affordable pricing and expert staff and brings 15-20 new jobs with it. 

Entrematic has expanded its Kansas production operations and warehouse space into Shawnee, and has leased 70,000 square feet in the Westlink Business Center building two. The company manufactures and assembles several models of A-marr brand garage doors and created 60 new jobs at the Shawnee facility. The Swedish company has operations in 25 countries and employs about 2,800 people. It sells products in 80 countries around the world.

Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange is the leading provider of property and casualty insurance for rural electric cooperatives. The company built a new, two-story 36,000 square foot headquarters at 7725 Renner Road. This $17,300,000 project will be bringing 60 jobs to Shawnee with a projected annual payroll of 3 million dollars.

Summers, Spencer & Company, P.A. is a growing, employee-owned certified public accounting and business services company. Due to expansion needs, the company relocated their Lenexa office to the BMO Harris Bank building on Renner Road in late 2016. SS&C created 13 new jobs in Shawnee in 2016 and plans to continue that growth in 2017 and beyond. Additional offices in Lawrence, Meriden, and Topeka, Kansas have helped this company grow to nearly 70 employees.

Economic development efforts in Shawnee involve partnerships that work together to achieve development goals. The Chamber, the SEDC, the City of Shawnee and the Downtown Partnership have worked together over the past several years to generate momentum for the revitalization of the downtown area. During the luncheon, two companies were recognized for their significant impact on downtown Shawnee.

The Downtown Revitalization Award honors the business that has made the most significant improvement to the appearance of a downtown commercial building during the previous 12 months. Back in Motion Chiropractic was honored for the renovation and transformation of a vacant former 7-Eleven convenience store to a 2,700 square foot medical office at the southeast corner of Johnson Drive and Nieman Road. Significant capital investment has dramatically improved both the interior and exterior appearance of this prominent corner.

The Downtown Impact Award honors the business that has had a significant economic, employment or visitor impact on the downtown Shawnee area. Betty C’s Bar & Grill was honored with this award. As a family owned and operated neighborhood bar and grill it prides itself on a variety of homemade specialties and welcomes families and customers of all ages.          

About the SEDC

The Shawnee Economic Development Council, a division of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Corporation, works collectively with the City of Shawnee and the Shawnee Chamber to drive business growth and development. The Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Corporation 501(c)(6) includes the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce, the Shawnee Economic Development Council, and Visit Shawnee. For more information, visit 


In photo: (L-R Front row) Ali Bengfort and Kelly Woodard, Centra Care Shawnee Mission Urgent Care-Lenexa accepting the award for Centra Care Shawnee Mission Urgent Care – Shawnee; Dr. Kile Kaspar, Back in Motion Chiropractic; Jeff Stoneburner, CityWide Electric; Steve Willis, Discount Tire. Back row: Shawnee Mayor Michelle Distler, Bob Bagby, B&B Theatre Shawnee 18; Scott Martin, Summers, Spencer & Co, P.A.;  Mike Unterreiner, Shawnee Downtown Partnership accepting for Betty C’s Bar & Grill; Dr. Scott Harvey, Back in Motion Chiropractic; John Romero, Entrematic; and Bill Birkness, Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange.

The new Comfort Inn & Suites was also honored with a SEDC Business Appreciation Award. (L-R) Chirag Patel and Dilip Patel, developer, at Jay Shree Ram Development. This company is also developing the Fairfield Inn & Suites.

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