Advanced Manufacturing

Modern manufacturing through technology and innovation.

If there is a place that knows how to make it, it’s Kansas! Ranging from fuselages to food and chemicals to computer electronics, there is a common thread among Kansas’ manufacturing pursuits – the use of the most advanced techniques and innovative materials and support from in-state centers of national prominence. We are home to a vast network of diverse, quality and precision manufacturing activities from our catalog of companies.  

The exploration of innovative ideas is critical to businesses being able to improve processes, bring new products to market, increase efficiencies and – above all – improve profitability. The Kansas workforce and many university partner resources can help your operations reach new heights.  

Add in effective business incentives, competitive utility rates, a high standard of living and an excellent business environment, and you have the winning formula for your manufacturing operation. 

Source: Kansas Department of Labor, Labor Market Information Services, Kansas Wage Survey 2020 

Labor Force

Manufacturing employs 165,000 people spanning all its industry sectors, which is 11.2% of total employment in Kansas. Kansas is one of only 28 Right-to-Work states with union membership at 8.7 percent – well below the national average. The state also ranks 6th lowest in the U.S. for worker compensation rates. 

Kansas Colleges & Universities

Partners in Manufacturing & Innovation

Kansas colleges and universities are preparing to streamline talent for today and tomorrow’s most in-demand jobs and careers. The public system of higher education within the State of Kansas includes four sectors: six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and 7 technical colleges with awards of $638.5 million for research and development activity throughout the state. Programs at our public post-secondary institutions support our diverse industries, including advanced manufacturing with graduates educated in the most current industry practices.

Industry

Kansas is home to more than 2,500 manufacturers employing approximately 165,000 people across the state, including but not limited to: food and beverage, aviation, machinery and computer and electronic companies. Companies can leverage the multiple benefits of access to agricultural resources, a skilled workforce and our outstanding transportation infrastructure.. Global brands like General Motors, Newell Rubbermaid, Johnson Controls, Pfizer, Inc., Ceva Animal Health and Honeywell have all chosen to call Kansas home for their manufacturing operations.  

81%

of Kansas’ yearly exports are manufactured goods (USA Trade 2020)

$9.4 billion

worth of manufactured goods to other countries (USA Trade 2020)

16.3%

Manufacturing makes up 16.3% of the Kansas GDP (KSA 2018)

2,500

More than 2,500 manufacturing firms operating in Kansas

Reiloy USA

German-owned Reiloy USA is expanding its advanced manufacturing capabilities with plans to invest more than $20 million in a new building and machinery in Maize, Kansas. Reiloy USA President Joe Piccini said, “This expansion brings additional sophisticated and proprietary equipment and technology that will benefit customers throughout North and South Americas.”

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Advanced Manufacturing
Corporate & Professional Services
Logistics & Distribution
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Aerospace & Defense
Animal Health
Bioscience
Agriculture
Energy & Natural Resources