Warehousing & Distribution
With our location in the heart of the continent and an excellent transportation network to reach suppliers and customers everywhere, distributors have long recognized Kansas as the nation’s crossroads. That’s why the leading names in warehousing and logistics have distribution centers here. Sunflower Electric Economic Development, the business development branch of Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, can help you explore everything Kansas has to offer your warehouse and distribution business.
Leading Distributors in Kansas
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:
- Highways: Interstate-70 runs through the Sunflower region going west-east and passes through Kansas City, Salina, Hays, and Denver. I-135 is located to the east of the Sunflower Region, which runs from Salina through Wichita, eventually becoming I-35 and running through Oklahoma City to the Fort Worth/Dallas metro.
- Rail: Kansas ranks among the top 10 in the United States for railroad mileage with 4,776 miles of track. Rail-served communities within the Sunflower region are connected by short-line rail to Class I lines including BNSF, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, and Union Pacific. One of the largest transloading facilities in the country is in Garden City. The Great Bend Transload Facility handles cargo from construction materials and chemicals to wind generators and canned goods. Both Garden City and Great Bend transloading facilities are located in the Sunflower service region.
- Air: Within an hour drive, the Sunflower region provides access to a variety of regional airports with direct flights to Dallas, Chicago, and Denver, which offer a large selection of national and international flights. Most of the region is within 3 hours drive to Kansas’ largest airport, Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National, featuring direct flights to cities throughout the U.S. The region also offers robust access to excellent charter services with safe and sanitized aircraft in a variety of sizes. Public-use airports provide runways of 5,000 feet or longer with jet fuel and precision approach systems.
Competitive Labor Costs
Wages for occupations in demand by logistics companies are near or below state, regional and national averages.
|Median Hourly Wages||SW KS||NW KS||KS||CO||NE||US|
|First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators||$24.16||$24.02||$24.36||$29.47||$26.14||$27.54|
|Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers||$18.45||$19.39||$19.41||$21.91||$18.90||$19.87|
|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|
|Machine Feeders and Offbearers||$14.44||-||$12.85||$14.08||$16.67||$13.66|
|Packers and Packagers, Hand||$8.72||-||$10.22||$10.10||$10.80||$10.64|
(Source: EMSI, 2018)