By Chris Oberholtz, Digital Content Manager, KCTV 5
Jan 10, 2018 4:21 PM CST
GARDNER, KS (KCTV) – The city of Gardner broke ground on a $38 million project that will bring hundreds of jobs to the community.
It was first introduced to the public as “project school.” The Midwest Commerce Center will soon be home to a new distribution center owned by Excelligence Learning Corporation. The company offers supplies, equipment and services for the education field.
“Everything that you can think of from pre-k through college is what Excelligence supplies, from school supplies and materials in the classroom to curriculum like STEM. They have textbooks, desks, everything education related. They’re a premier leader in the industry,” said Phil Scaglia with the LS Commercial Development.
The new building will be 646,000 square feet and house a distribution center, call center for customers and a small manufacturing plant.
“This is a great project for the city of Gardner. Our No. 1 priority is economic development and to have an investment of $38 million and an additional 200-plus jobs. It’s very important to the community and residents for opportunities,” City Administrator Cheryl Harrison-Lee said.
The operation will be up and running by December 2018.