Supply Chain

Manufacturing Supply Chain

Supply ChainOver 2,500 Kansas manufacturing firms have a total output of more than $25 billion a year. If you make what manufacturers need, you’ll have ready access to markets in Kansas, and the major manufacturing centers of the Midwest and South are only a day’s drive away. We offer a business-friendly climate and a highly renowned work ethic. Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, which provides plentiful, reliable energy to its seven member utilities, can help you explore everything Kansas has to offer your manufacturing supply chain business.

Top 10 Kansas Manufacturing Sectors In Millions of Dollars

Supply Chain Manufacturers Like These Thrive in Kansas

DCP Midstream – specialty power solutions

Tamko Building Products

Tamko Building Products – roofing and other building materials

New Age Industrial

New Age Industrial – aluminum fabrication


Straightline – Drilling equipment

Natoma Corporation

Natoma Corporation – machine parts for aircraft and healthcare

Curtis Machine

Curtis Machine – gear boxes

Concordia Technologies

Concordia Technologies - fabrication and machining of carbon and exotic materials


Cashco – industrial control products

Superior Essex

Superior Essex – telecommunications cables

Kansas Brick & Tile

Kansas Brick & Tile – brick and tile

Access to a Highly Skilled Workforce

North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech)

Two-year institution offering certifications and associates degrees most prominently in mechanics, distribution, automotive, welding, healthcare and construction trades. Ranked 7th in the nation among technical and community colleges by the Chronicle of High Education. NCK Tech has campuses in Beloit and Hays.

Northwest Kansas Technical College

Northwest Kansas Technical College

Located in Goodland, Northwest Technical College offers training in automotive technology, engineering, electrical technology and welding and is the home of the Kansas Institute of Diesel Technology. Northwest Tech offers a program to upskill graduates to specific employer requirements without charge.

Salina Area Technical College

Salina Tech

Two-year institution offering programs in automotive, machine tools, welding, electrical, construction, and commercial truck driving. Salina Tech also offers employability certifications as part of an adult workforce re-entry program.

Kansas State Polytechnic

Kansas State Polytechnic

Based in Salina, Kansas State Polytechnic is a branch campus of Kansas State University and home of the University’s College of Technology and Aviation. The school offers specialized training in aviation and engineering.

Access to Markets
  • Within 500 miles from the center of the Sunflower Region, companies are able to reach more than 36 million people. This includes the large metro areas of:
    • Dallas, TX
    • Kansas City, MO
    • Denver, CO
    • Wichita, KS
    • Albuquerque, NM
    • Omaha, NE
    • Oklahoma City, OK

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 Sunflower Electric 500 Mile Radius Location Map

Competitive Labor Costs

Hourly wages for many occupations in demand by manufacturers are at or below average for the region and the nation

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Wages$27.96$20,52$26.84$29.65$26.95$27.78
Team Assemblers$12.26$10.44$16.22$14.47$15.42$14.45
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$13.27$13.08$15.01$14.88$13.15$13.73
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$15.75$17.71$18.52$20.03$18.12$18.94
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$18.45$19.39$19.41$21.91$18.90$19.87
Conveyor Operators and Tenders$14.15$14.54$14.93$14.48$14.21$15.10
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$13.89$16.36$16.44$16.43$15.07$15.61
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$13.56$12.41$13.41$13.21$13.37$12.49
Packers and Packagers, Hand$8.72$11.16$10.22$10.10$10.80$10.64

(Source: EMSI, 2018)