The DeLong Company feels right at home in Edgerton, Bo DeLong told a handful of onlookers on April 22. The DeLong Company, a grain exporter, broke ground on an 8-acre site that will house a warehouse.
Its warehouse, under construction near the corner of 191st and Intermodal Parkway, will be the first tenant in the Logistics Park-Kansas City in Edgerton.
“We come from a small town in Wisconsin very similar to Edgerton,” DeLong told politicians, economic development professionals and Intermodal officials.
DeLong was joined by Edgerton Mayor Donald Roberts, Sen. Pat Apple, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners
Chair Ed Eilert, and BNSF’s Skip Kalb. Other participants included Gardner Area Chamber of Commerce President Steve Devore and Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Council’s Tom Reiderer.
The ground on the DeLong Company’s 8-acre warehouse site is already clear. Construction crews moved dirt and adjusted rebar as Beau spoke briefly about building in Edgerton. Sandwiched between large construction equipment and a small tent with refreshments, Beau spoke about the DeLong Company’s commitment to the intermodal project.
“We’re very happy to be here,” he said. “This is our largest investment west of the Mississippi.”
Currently the company’s exporting takes place primarily near Chicago.
“We chose Edgerton because they’re going to give us the opportunity to expand our business,” he said.
The DeLong family is also a primary investor in Northpointe Development, the organization that will develop the logistics adjacent to the intermodal. Northpointe Vice President Patrick Robinson said the DeLong Company started working on plans to build near the intermodal site in 2010.
As an exporter, Robinson said the company will add value to the logistics park by helping to reduce chassis charges and using empty containers imported to the site to ship its grain around the world. Robinson estimated that having the exporter on site will lower container costs for others who locate at the facility by as much as $100 per container.
“We’re really rooting for you on getting those containers out full,” Robinson told the small crowd.