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Statewide Virtual Job Fair to Showcase New Opportunities for Jobseekers Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland is encouraging jobseekers and employers searching for new talent to participate in the June Virtual Statewide Job Fair. Hosted by KANSASWORKS, the job fair will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. Commerce Announces $390,000 in Emergency HEAL Grant Funding Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced more than $390,000 in Emergency Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (E-HEAL) grants has been awarded to five recipients. More than $770,000 private local matching funds will be added to that total, to help bring rural downtown buildings back from likely demolition or collapse – and rehabilitate them back into productive use. Kansas Main Street Selects Eight Rural Communities for New Housing Grant Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced eight inaugural grant recipients of the Residential Opportunities on Main Street (ROOMS) program. A total of eight projects in Designated Kansas Main Street communities are receiving $50,000 each to create a total of 35 new residential units in the upper floors of downtown buildings. Kansas Nonprofits Receive More than $4M in Community Service Program Tax Credits Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $4.1 million in Community Service Program (CSP) Tax Credits have been awarded to support the fundraising efforts of 26 nonprofit organizations across Kansas. These funds will enhance local access to quality childcare, healthcare, education, arts, and housing services. View All


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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.


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.  


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

$9.4 billion

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


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


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
Energy & Natural Resources