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Kansas City’s 20 Million Square Foot Spec Industrial Development Boom Pays Off

by Ashlie Hand | Mar 29, 2016 latest to choose Kansas City area, announcing new 822,000-sq.-ft. distribution facility, 1,000 new jobs.
Kansas City Region - March 29, 2016 – The Kansas City area’s speculative development boom continues to pay off. is the latest company to select the KC area, announcing last week it will occupy a new 822,104-sq.-ft. fulfillment center at Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton, Kansas, part of the 18-county Kansas City metro area.

Amazon's new Edgerton facility was developed by NorthPoint Development as the area's largest industrial building ever built on a speculative basis. The new state-of-the-art fulfillment center will create approximately 1,000 full-time hourly positions, plus many managerial and support roles to support customer fulfillment. The Amazon project was managed by Cushman & Wakefield.

“Amazon’s announcement validates the vast investments our local developers have made in speculative industrial developments,” says Tim Cowden, president and CEO, Kansas City Area Development Council.  “There are over a dozen spec projects in 28 different locations across the metro right now, and we’re optimistic about the market remaining strong.  In fact, over half of the companies occupying Kansas City’s spec space are new to the market.”

In the past five years, the Kansas City area has seen an average of four million sq. ft. of speculative space added on an annual basis. More than 5.8 million sq. ft. of speculative industrial space hit the market in 2015 alone and currently 6.3 million sq. ft. of speculative space is under construction. In addition to Amazon, the KC region’s new spec industrial development has attracted investment from S&S Active Wear, Commonwealth Inc., Excel Industries, US Farathane,, Novia, and Flexsteel in the last 18 months.

“The Kansas City region offers a unique competitive advantage to companies looking to diversify distribution with a Midwest location,” said Chris Gutierrez, president of KC SmartPort. “We are now seeing the industrial market respond to the demand for new distribution space and it is opening up a lot of opportunity for growing supply chain companies.”
Amazon already operates a 267,000-square-foot fulfillment center at Lenexa Logistics Center at 113th Street and Renner Boulevard. The new Amazon facility will be located at the northeast corner of 196th Street and Waverly Road in Logistics Park Kansas City.

KC SmartPort is the authority on logistics opportunities in the 18-county, bi-state Kansas City region. KC SmartPort promotes and enhances the Kansas City region’s status as a leading North American logistics hub due to its status as the number one rail center in the U.S., the country’s third largest trucking center and one of the largest Foreign Trade Zones in the U.S.  KC SmartPort is affiliated with the Kansas City Area Development Council, the regional economic development organization for the 18-county Kansas City metro.

About Greater Kansas City
Home to 2.5 million people, the Kansas City region offers the benefits of more than 50 unique communities and 18 counties in Kansas and Missouri.  As “America’s Creative Crossroads,” the region’s distinctive qualities come from a confluence of artistry and technology innovation.  Google selected the Kansas City metro for the roll-out of its Google Fiber service, which provides internet speeds at up to one gigabit per second.  

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