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- 2012

December 2012
Incentives sought for $40 million redevelopment project

A partnership proposing a $40 million redevelopment project at the northwest corner of Johnson Drive and Kansas Highway 7 got a green light to pursue incentives for the project during a special Dec. 20 meeting of the Shawnee City Council.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

December 2012
Dunkin’ Donuts among tenants for new retail, office building

A new Dunkin’ Donuts franchise will be among the tenants of a new 7,800-square-foot retail and office building that received rezoning approval Monday from the Shawnee Planning Commission.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

November 2012
Public polled on present, future of SM Parkway

A crowd of about 80 area residents gathered Oct. 30 at Hocker Grove Middle School to ponder, and influence, the future of the Shawnee Mission Parkway corridor through Shawnee and Merriam.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

November 2012
County approves $2.7 million for Shawnee CARS, stormwater projects

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners has approved a total of more than $2.7 million in 2013 funding for three stormwater projects and one road project in Shawnee.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

October 2012
Shawnee Mission School District ranks #2

This week, the Kansas City Business Journal ranks the area’s top school districts based on fall 2012 enrollment.

by Jonna Lorenz, Kansas City Business Journal

October 2012
Kansas City-area contract research organizations team up to speed drug development

Several Kansas City-area contract research organizations, including Shawnee-based KCAS LLC, have banded together to offer one-stop shopping to biotech and pharmaceutical companies.

by Paul Koepp, Kansas City Business Journal

October 2012
Team Drive-Away’s long-haul approach during recession begins to pay off

Jim Marmon and Scott Shacklett make their living moving tons of semi-tractor trucks and other heavy equipment around the United States and Canada.

by David Twiddy, Kansas City Business Journal

September 2012
Bayer HealthCare scoops up Teva’s animal health business for $145M

Bayer HealthCare LLC is buying the U.S. animal health business of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in a deal valued around $145 million.

by David Twiddy, Kansas City Business Journal

September 2012
NetWork Kansas expands Economic Gardening program

NetWork Kansas invites Kansas communities to apply for a new economic gardening program that would allow them to offer high-growth businesses in their area targeted economic gardening engagements as part of the Kansas Economic Gardening Network.

by The Kansas Department of Commerce

September 2012
EiKO adds three presidents to guide global growth

EiKO Ltd., a Shawnee lighting manufacturer and distributor, is shaking up its leadership structure to prepare for future growth in several international markets.

by Alyson Raletz, Kansas City Business Journal

August 2012
Three SEDC members named top 5 general contractors

JE Dunn Construction, Turner Construction Co. and Straub Construction Co. Inc. were all ranked in the Kansas City Business Journal ranking of the area's top general contractors based on 2011 local billings.

by Jonna Lorenz, Kansas City Business Journal

August 2012
Shawnee hopes incentive program plants a seed for business growth

Shawnee wants to add an edge to its economic development outlay with a new forgivable loan program to entice businesses to come to town and to expand.

by Steve Vockrodt, Kansas City Business Journal

August 2012

Kansas named top 10 ‘Pro-Business State’ by Pollina Corporate

Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc. announced that Kansas has been named a top 10 “Pro-Business State” for 2012. The ranking is based on 32 factors controlled by state government, including taxes, human resources, education, right-to-work legislation, energy costs, infrastructure spending, workers compensation laws, economic incentive programs and state economic development efforts.

by The Kansas Department of Commerce

July 2012
Kansas City health care industry expects big things from NCI victory

Terry Osborn is one of the many local researchers and health care providers looking for big things to develop from the University of Kansas Cancer Center’s National Cancer Institute designation.

by David Twiddy, Kansas City Business Journal

July 2012
Bayer HealthCare, LLC - Animal Health ties for top animal health company
in KC

In this week’s edition, the Kansas City Business Journal ranks the area's top animal health companies based on their number of full-time equivalent local employees.

by Jonna Lorenz, Kansas City Business Journal

June 2012
Shawnee's KC BioMedix to present at Startup@Kauffman Demo Day

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is using next week’s Kansas City entrepreneurship celebration to showcase 13 local startups to advisers and investors in their own back yard.

by Alyson Raletz, The Kansas City Business Journal

May 2012
Bio-Microbics wins presidential award for exports

Shawnee-based Bio-Microbics Inc. is one of 41 U.S. companies to receive a presidential award for helping to increase U.S. exports this year.

by Alicia Stice, The Kansas City Business Journal

May 2012
EiKO finds bright-light success with ‘selection, solutions, simplicity’

A dark night reveals a lot. Beyond the obvious monsters and things that go bump, it reveals that there’s money to be made in chasing away shadows.

by Maria Cote, The Kansas City Business Journal

May 2012
Kansas among top 10 easiest states for starting a small business

Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, has released new data showing that small business owners ranked Kansas among the top 10 easiest states nationwide for starting a small business.

by The Kansas Department of Commerce

April 2012
All American Pet Company selects Shawnee for operational HQ

All American Pet Company Inc. announced on April 2 its new operational headquarters, manufacturing and warehouse facility in Shawnee.

by The Kansas Department of Commerce

April 2012
Ryan Lawn & Tree buys Shawnee building, will move divisions

A 9,150-square-foot industrial building in Shawnee sold to Ryan Lawn & Tree Inc. in a deal announced Thursday.

by Steve Vockrodt, The Kansas City Business Journal

April 2012
EiKO Ltd. named Champions of Business

Take the following qualities and toss them together: A solid focus on a mission, a determination to exceed customers’ expectations and a competitive spirit, along with far more than a pinch of integrity and loyalty. Mix all that up with vigor, and you have yourself a champion.

by Maria Cote, The Kansas City Business Journal

March 2012
QuikTrip hits the gas on rollout of next-generation stores in Kansas City

QuikTrip plans to open four more of its next-generation stores in the Kansas City market by year’s end... A Shawnee store is set to open in mid-July.

by Suzanna Stagemeyer, The Kansas City Business Journal

March 2012
Shawnee business owner is lone Kansas representative on U.S. trade mission to China

Dodge City Beef owner Don Hullman’s cattle-raising and business experience helped earn him a spot on this month’s U.S. Department of Agriculture trade mission to China. He’s the only Kansan in a group of 40 business representatives on the trip, which the department described as its largest trade mission to date.

by Sara Shepherd, The Shawnee Dispatch

March 2012
Perceptive Software absorbs two more technology companies

Shawnee-based Perceptive Software is set to absorb two more technology companies after its parent closed on acquisitions totaling $64 million.

by Alyson Raletz, The Kansas City Business Journal

March 2012
City wants to expand boundaries of downtown tax rebate program

Shawnee leaders say tax incentives have been an important boost for the city’s aging downtown core, and they want to expand the eligible area to help more of Shawnee’s older neighborhoods.

by Sara Shepherd, The Shawnee Dispatch

March 2012
Perceptive Software adds new division after parent makes $148M buy

Perceptive owner Lexmark International Inc. (NYSE: LXK), based in Lexington, Ky., closed on the acquisition of Brainware Inc. on Monday, the companies announced.

by Alyson Raletz, The Kansas City Business Journal

February 2012
Perceptive Software’s global growth brings local jobs

Perceptive Software’s success story is being translated to Dutch, Japanese, German, Portuguese and French. Shawnee-based Perceptive, which develops enterprise content management products, has grown to 650 employees locally and 944 worldwide.

by Alyson Raletz, The Kansas City Business Journal

February 2012
Two Shawnee businesses make ‘25 Under 25’ list

Thinking Bigger Business Media named two Shawnee businesses in its “25 Under 25” award winners for 2012. Mill Creek Animal Hospital, owned by Martin Gilmore, and Blue Skyz Enterprises, owned by Douglas Hawkins, will be recognized during a banquet in March.

by The Shawnee Dispatch

February 2012
Bayer Animal Health tags KMG Chemicals unit for acquisition

Bayer HealthCare ’s Animal Health Division is buying the animal health insecticides business from KMG Chemicals Inc.

by David Twiddy, The Kansas City Business Journal

February 2012
Apple co-founder rolls into Perceptive Software on a Segway

Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak gave a surprise visit to Perceptive Software's Shawnee offices on Friday — rolling in on a Segway.

by Alyson Raletz, The Kansas City Business Journal

January 2012
Communications Company makes new acquisitions

SKC Communication Products LLC, 8320 Hedge Lane Terrace, purchased Mpact Systems Inc., a South Carolina-based video conferencing and presentation technology integrator, and is acquiring all clients of Boston-based Ahern Communications, which is closing its business operations.

by The Shawnee Dispatch

January 2012
Lexmark restructuring bodes well for Perceptive Software

Shawnee-based Perceptive Software booted up revenue by 41 percent in the fourth quarter, new parent Lexmark International Inc. announced Tuesday.

by Alyson Raletz, The Kansas City Business Journal

January 2012
New dog-walking business comes to Shawnee

Two Tails Dog Walking is now providing dog-walking and pet-sitting services in Shawnee and neighboring cities.

by The Shawnee Dispatch

January 2012
Johnson County leads big Kansas counties in employment growth, lags in
wage growth

Johnson County led Kansas’ four large counties in employment growth between June 2010 and June 2011, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics . In a tale of the tough employment picture, Johnson County’s 1.6 percent employment increase topped the 0.9 percent national average and ranked it 74th among the nation’s large counties.

by Brian Kaberline, The Kansas City Business Journal

January 2012
Shawnee software startup plans hiring, makes acquisition

Adaptive Software LLC, a software technology startup that recently expanded its Shawnee headquarters, plans to add 10 employees.

by Alyson Raletz, The Kansas City Business Journal

January 2012
Rockhurst division leases industrial space in Shawnee

Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center Inc. signed an 11,997-square-foot lease for Shawnee industrial space last month. The wholly owned subsidiary of Rockhurst University in Kansas City took the space at 10810 W. 78th St. in Shawnee’s Nieman Business Park.

by Steve Vockrodt, The Kansas City Business Journal

January 2012
SKC Communications bolsters Eastern growth with a pair of acquisitions

SKC Communications Products LLC has closed on the acquisitions of two out-of-state companies, picking up a new regional headquarters in South Carolina.

by Alyson Raletz, The Kansas City Business Journal

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