Tuesday, Jul. 29th 2014

Shawnee Businesses Recognized for Impact in Community

Shawnee Economic Development Council Hosts Business Appreciation Awards Luncheon

SHAWNEE, Kan. July, 2014 –The Shawnee Economic Development Council (SEDC) Executive Committee Chair Heidi Thummel presented 12 awards from the Shawnee Economic Development Council at the annual Business Appreciation Luncheon today. Ten businesses were recognized with Business Development Awards and two were honored with Downtown Partnership Awards.

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

“Over the last year, Shawnee has worked hard to grow jobs and new investment, across a variety of property types. This has yielded the attraction of new industrial, retail, and office projects that have grown employment, contributed to strengthening our community, and increased the commercial tax base,” said Heidi Thummel, Chair.

This year’s Business Development Awardees include:

  • Bayer Health Care Animal Health: Located on their 50-acre campus on Shawnee Mission Parkway, Bayer Animal Health is the largest headquarters in the city with nearly 500 employees.  Bayer has expanded several times over the years, most recently with the purchase of Teva Pharmaceuticals last year. Bayer consolidated its research & development and regulatory capabilities in Shawnee and significantly enhanced its manufacturing operations here, further investing millions of dollars into their facility.
  • CMKA & Sur-Tec: Clarence M. Kelly, and their sister company Sur-Tec, provide technology and services in the professional security industry. CMKE provides security consulting and physical security services to major corporations and organizations across the region. Sur-Tec is a software development company that creates applications for law enforcement professionals around evidence gathering, audio/video recording, and GPS capabilities. CMKE and Sur-Tec, combined with another honoree Source, Inc., purchased a 22,000 square foot office building in Shawnee Crossings near K-7 Hwy and have moved over 50 jobs to the city.
  • Mile Hi Specialty Foods: Mile Hi is one of the newest companies to join Shawnee’s business community as the first tenant in the WestLink Business Center. Mile Hi, headquartered in Denver, is an independent food distribution company servicing over 1,000 restaurants in 16 states. Mile Hi has been operating in their new space along K-7 & 43rd Street for several weeks and have already employed over 30 new workers.
  • Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage: Established in Golden, Colorado in 1955, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage is an organic, health-food store with over 65 locations in 13 states, including their 6th in Kansas at Shawnee Mission Parkway & Pflumm Road. Their Shawnee store is nearly 15,000 square feet and has helped anchor the redevelopment of Shawnee Parkway Plaza which has added new vitality to one our long-struggling shopping centers. A truly organic store, the company is known for its “What We Won’t Sell & Why” list that includes artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and food products raised using hormones and antibiotics.
  • Source Inc.: Source moved its headquarters to Shawnee in May of 2013 to grow their comprehensive wireless solutions business. Providing wireless management services from connecting vehicles, assets, monitoring devices, buildings, and mobile phones. Source has relocated over 15 high-quality jobs into western Shawnee and projects to continue to grow in the coming years.
  • Stag’s Grove Center: Stag’s Grove Center is an 8,096 square foot commercial development fronting Shawnee Mission Parkway, just west of Quivira Rd. The infill site was somewhat challenging from a topography and drainage standpoint, but was designed with best management practices and successfully laid out with drive-thru access. The development quickly attracted tenants, including Dunkin Donuts, Pride Cleaners, and Fry Orthodontic Specialists.
  • Ten Quivira Plaza: Ten Quivira is the Price Chopper-anchored shopping center at the northwest corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway & Quivira Road. The 180,000 square foot shopping center faced significant vacancies and property maintenance issues in 2006 when it acquired the center. In 2010/2011 they partnered with the City of Shawnee on the establishment of the city’s first Community Improvement District to add to the developers roughly $3 million of private investment to significantly enhance the façade, lighting, landscaping, and new outparcel building. Construction has commenced for an outparcel building with a new Starbucks and Panda Express joining the other new tenants and Chamber members in the center.
  • Walmart Supercenter: Opened last October, the area’s newest Walmart is an exciting new addition to western Shawnee and its residents. Originally planned in 2007 the facility worked through adjustments in size and scale as well as development timing. Currently, the 153,000 square foot building anchors the Grey Oaks Place development which will feature additional retail and commercial development on outparcels- including a recently approved Discount Tire. The store employs more than 200 associates.
  • WESCO Distribution: Satellite Engineering Group, along with Carlton Bates Company, Communications Supply Corporation, and TVC Communications are four companies in the electrical & communications supply industry that are owned by WESCO International.  WESCO selected Shawnee’s Nieman Business Park after an extensive search for a warehouse and office facility when combining their offices from across the metro. They now have approximately 40 employees in Shawnee and have partnered with local vendors, contractors, and Shawnee charitable organizations. 
  • WestLink Business Center:  WestLink has been developed by Airtex Manufacturing, known locally as Engineered Air in De Soto. Airtex has developed the city’s first speculative warehouse in over 15 years, opening Building 1 in January of this year. The 170,000 square foot building is located on 43rd Street just east of K-7 Highway and has already garnered attention and activity. Mile Hi Foods was the first tenant and the development team has strong interest in the balance of the building. At full build-out, the 80-acre site calls for over 1.1 million square feet of industrial space over seven buildings.
  • The event also honored two Shawnee businesses for their investment in downtown Shawnee.

    Pegah’s Family Restaurant received the Downtown Impact Award for its added investment to the downtown area. Pegah’s Family Restaurant has been a Shawnee institution since 1987 providing an “at home” atmosphere and comfort food that is “just a spoonful away” as their slogan goes. New ownership continued the downtown Shawnee tradition last year by acquiring the business located on Johnson Drive just east of Nieman Road. They have invested considerably in the location over the last few months making exterior improvements and purchasing new equipment and furniture/fixtures. A second location for Pegah’s will open soon in western Shawnee at K-7 and Johnson Drive.

    Fogones Mexican Delights received the Downtown Revitalization Award Fogones opened in 2011 under a previous family ownership group and has rebranded and updated their menu over the last year. In addition to updates inside the business, they have enhanced the outside by adding a new outdoor seating area. The menu has been updated to enhance fresher, lighter options including street tacos, baja crab cakes, and an assortment of margaritas and imported beers to enhance the traditional Mexican menu. Fogones has gained a following on social media and is quietly drawing a crowd of foodies and bringing new customers into downtown and Shawnee, which creates a positive economic impact for Shawnee.


    About the Economic Development Council:

    The Shawnee Economic Development Council (SEDC) works collaboratively with the City of Shawnee and the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce to drive business growth and development. The SEDC provides unique networking and business knowledge sharing opportunities and serves as a one-stop resource center for Shawnee businesses. The SEDC promotes Shawnee as a distinctive business location with an enhanced quality of life.


    If you’d like more information about the business appreciation awards, please call the SEDC office at 913.631.6545 or email Andrew Nave at anave@shawnee-edc.com.

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