September 22, 2014

Business update

Quality Structures, Inc., QSI, a manufacturer of post frame buildings, is opening
new branches in the communities of Ingalls, KS and St. Paul, NE to meet the
demands of their post frame customers.
Quality Structures, Inc., QSI, specializing in complete

Chamber changes its name to be more inclusive

The Gardner Area Chamber of Commerce is changing its name.
In the future, the chamber will be called the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Johnson County.
Members of the chamber board of directors announced the change during the organization’s annual …

Toplikar will run for insurance commissioner

John Toplikar

John Toplikar

John Toplikar will run for Kansas Insurance Commissioner. Toplikar currently represents Gardner, Edgerton and part of Olathe on the Johnson County Board of Commissioners.
The former state representative joins a crowded insurance commissioner primary. A Republican, Toplikar will …

State nets record number of new biz formations

A record number of businesses formed in Kansas in 2013, according to the Annual Business Formation Report, released by the Secretary of State’s Office last week.
The report shows Kansas business filing trends over the last 10 years.
In 2013, …

Business update

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced that his office has awarded the first Human Trafficking Victim Assistance grants to five victims service providers in the state.
“As we continue to combat human trafficking in Kansas, more trafficking victims are …

CenturyLink to move staff to New Century

Danedri Thompson
Overland Park’s loss will be New Century’s gain.
CenturyLink, Inc. told the Kansas City Business Journal that it will relocate 575 of its current employees from two buildings at Interstate 435 and Nall Avenue to New Century …

Uproots Market

Photo courtesy of Jerry Kellogg

Photo courtesy of Jerry Kellogg

The grand opening Uproots Market, which will sell local produce is scheduled for opening March 15. Proprietor is Chris Riley. While interior renovations are currently underway on the former home of A Cup Above, 213

City officials will continue to consider incentives for Zimmer property

Danedri Thompson
Gardner City Council members agreed to continue discussions with Zimmer Real Estate Services about a possible abatement and incentives related to a proposed warehouse at 183rd and Waverly Road.
The city’s tax abatement policy offers up to …

Billboard request fails

Danedri Thompson
A divided governing body vetoed a conditional use permit for a billboard sign at Homestead Lane in Edgerton. The vote, 3-3, effectively killed the proposed project.
Edgerton staff members recommended that the planning commission approve the application …

Local company builds custom icy water rescue boats for law enforcement

The Cains test a custom-built air rescue boat on local waters. Their company builds the boats in Gardner. Submitted photo

The Cains test a custom-built air rescue boat on local waters. Their company builds the boats in Gardner. Submitted photo

Danedri Thompson
Freezing water rescues may be rare in Kansas, but one type of boat commonly used to assist …