Kansas officials on Thursday held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of the Great Plains Industrial Park, the redevelopment project at the former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant in southeast Kansas.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R), Sen. Jerry Moran (R) and Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R) spoke at the ceremony that marked the beginning of efforts to attract tenants to the site.
“To be on the ground floor of something like this is fantastic,” said Dan Goddard, CEO of the Great Plains Development Authority. “Our ultimate objective is job creation and economic recovery,” Goddard told KOAM-TV.
The park’s first tenant is Progress Rail Services, a division of Caterpillar Inc. that works on rail cars.
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.