Business news

Insurance Department studying continuing education programs
August 31, 2015
The Kansas Insurance Department is considering whether insurance agents need more training.
Mars Inc. to expand candy-making plant in Kansas
July 16, 2015
Mars Inc. announced plans Wednesday for a $100 million expansion of its candy-making plant in Kansas, a facility that was the company’s first new plant in 35 years.
Kansas City reaches deal to create ‘Smart City’ network
June 7, 2015
Kansas City and two companies have reached an agreement to create a $15.7 million set of high-tech services along the 2.2-mile downtown streetcar line that’s expected to be operating next year.
WireCo to move headquarters across border to Kansas
April 15, 2015
The Kansas Department of Commerce says WireCo WorldGroup will receive more than $8.6 million in incentives to move its headquarters this summer from Kansas City, Mo., to Prairie Village.
CertainTeed to renovate plant in Kansas City, Kan.
April 14, 2015
CertainTeed Corp. officials say the building materials company will renovate its plant in Kansas City, Kansas, creating more than 70 new jobs over the next three years.
Hostess plant in Lenexa to reopen
April 13, 2015
A former Hostess Brands bakery in Lenexa will reopen this summer, providing about 100 jobs.
Midwest economy: state of Kansas report for March
April 1, 2015
The Creighton Economic Forecasting Group has provided a look at the Kansas business conditions for March.
Hallmark seeks to cut 200 jobs in next several months
March 31, 2015
Hallmark Cards is offering a buyout program as it tries to cut 200 jobs by this summer.
Midwest economy: February glance at Kansas, Missouri
March 2, 2015
The Institute for Supply Management, formerly the Purchasing Management Association, began formally surveying its membership in 1931 to gauge business conditions. The Creighton Economic Forecasting Group uses the same methodology as the national survey to consult supply managers and business leaders. Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss oversees the report. Here are the state results for February in Kansas and Missouri.
Newell Rubbermaid to expand Winfield, add 320 jobs
March 2, 2015
Newell Rubbermaid is planning a $27 million expansion of the company’s plant in Winfield and will add 320 jobs.
Kobach says Kansas attracted most new businesses since 2003
February 18, 2015
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says more new businesses were formed in Kansas in 2014 than at any point since 2003.
Kansas revenues take major hit from plummeting oil prices
January 14, 2015
Kansas lawmakers looking for a bright spot in the state’s financial picture were told on Tuesday that even though falling gas prices are greatly reducing the amount of oil severance taxes the state is collecting, more money is going into the pockets of residents that can be spent on other things.
U.S. farmers bought more tractors, fewer combines in 2014
January 13, 2015
A new report shows U.S. farmers bought more tractors and fewer combines in 2014.
Grocery store industry begins new push to allow strong beer, wine, liquor sales
January 11, 2015
Native Kansan David Dillon, the retired CEO and chairman of grocery giant The Kroger Co., has become the leader of the Uncork Kansas coalition, which is seeking legislation to end the longtime Kansas law that limits liquor sales only to licensed liquor stores. By Chad Lawhorn
Bill would raise Kansas’ minimum wage $3 by 2017
January 8, 2015
A Wichita Democrat is sponsoring a bill that would raise Kansas’ minimum wage by $3 over the next three years, and although it’s unlikely to pass in the Republican-dominated Legislature, it could help focus attention on the issue.