Press Releases

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Governor Laura Kelly Cuts Ribbon on Animal Science Innovation Center in Topeka

Jun 23, 2021

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly joined a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Hill’s Pet Nutrition Small Paws Innovation Center in Topeka. Hill's Pet Nutrition invested $20 million to build this 25,000-square-foot nutrition facility that will focus on the needs of small dogs. The facility will also include a new Engagement…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 80 New Jobs in Tonganoxie

Jun 22, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s plan to build a new pet food manufacturing plant in Tonganoxie. Hill’s will invest more than $250 million to construct a new 300,000-square-foot facility, bringing at least 80 new jobs to the community by 2025. “Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s decision to…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Launch of My Reemployment Plan

Jun 16, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the launch of My Reemployment Plan, a program designed to support Kansans with job-search efforts. “My Reemployment Plan is a great tool to provide Kansans with the resources needed to secure high-quality, in-demand jobs,” Governor Kelly said. “While it’s welcome news that our…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas Dairy Ingredients Expansion to Create 40 Jobs, $45 Million Investment in Hugoton

Jun 16, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Kansas Dairy Ingredients (KDI) Cheese Company will expand its operations in Southwest Kansas, creating 40 new jobs and investing $45 million new business dollars in the Hugoton community.  “Due to our talented workforce, central location, and agricultural excellence, Kansas’ reputation as a…

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Kansas Ranked as Number One Business Climate in West North Central Region

Jun 14, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Kansas was recognized by Site Selection magazine as having the top business climate in the West North Central region of the United States in 2021. In 2020, Kansas ranked fourth in the West North Central region for business climate – jumping three…

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Governor Laura Kelly Congratulates Creekstone Farms as Governor’s Exporter of the Year

Jun 10, 2021

ARKANSAS CITY – Governor Laura Kelly today visited Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, LLC. in Arkansas City to honor the company for being named the 2020 Governor’s Exporter of the Year. “With its designation as Exporter of the Year, Creekstone has joined an elite group of Kansas companies,” Governor Kelly said. “I am…

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Kansas Wins Prestigious 2021 Gold Shovel Award for Economic Development Excellence

Jun 10, 2021

Governor Kelly cut the ribbon at Nor-Am Logistics in Dodge City on October 20, 2020. TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the State of Kansas has been honored for its commitment to excellence in economic development by receiving Area Development magazine’s coveted Gold Shovel award for 2021, the highest…

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Lieutenant Governor/Commerce Secretary Toland announces key appointments

Jun 9, 2021

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced two key staff appointments along with the establishment of the new Office of Innovation at the Kansas Department of Commerce. “This is a dynamic time in our state, and we need to continue to evolve in how we organize…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Airxcel Expansion to Create Nearly 370 Jobs in Wichita

Jun 2, 2021

WICHITA – Governor Laura Kelly today visited Airxcel in Wichita to celebrate a major project that will create 365 jobs and invest more than $4 million in the community. “Airxcel is a classic success story in Wichita’s manufacturing sector, and I believe this expansion creates a blueprint for companies and the city to follow,” Governor Kelly said. “Congratulations to the…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 450 New Jobs in Overland Park

May 13, 2021

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the announcement that TTEC Holdings, Inc., a world leader in global digital customer experience technology and services, will create 450 new jobs in Overland Park. The company is initially creating work-from-home positions to ultimately be housed within a new office location being built…

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