The Great Plains Development Authority next week will hold a formal ceremony celebrating the transfer of much of the former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant and marking the beginning of the LRA’s effort to attract economic activity to the Great Plains Industrial Park.
“Now the exciting part starts,” said the authority’s executive director, Dan Goddard, reported the Salina Journal. “Actually, most of the work is ahead of us.”
Interest is growing in the southeast Kansas site. Progress Rail Services, a division of Caterpillar Inc., recently began operating at the industrial park with about four workers. There is the potential for the company to expand its operation, added Goddard.
The LRA is hoping to trigger regional growth by drawing large operations that smaller communities might not be able to accommodate, said Ann Charles, the authority’s deputy director.
In August, the LRA signed a deed to take possession of 6,116 acres at the ammunition plant via an economic development conveyance. The transaction calls for the authority to make an upfront payment of $49,999 to the Army; and for it to pay the balance of the $3.5 million purchase price over a period of 10 years through a revenue-sharing agreement with the Army.