Archive for Wednesday, August 9, 2000

Olathe firm plans move to Urban Hess

August 9, 2000

In about six months, an Olathe business will complete its move into the Urban Hess business park in northeastern Tonganoxie.

Gerald Shepherd, president of Superior Alloy Steel, has agreed to purchase a lot and a 10,000-square-foot building in the business park. Shepherd's family-owned company is a stocking distributor of steel bar, including stainless steel, brass, copper, bronze, alloy bar and tubing, and precision shafting.

"The only services that we provide is saw cut," he said. "We do no fabrication."

The firm's clients include machine shops, fabrication shops, and tool and die shops, he said.

Plans call for the 5-year-old firm to move to Tonganoxie in January and to be in business here by Feb. 1.

"It will take about a month to move our inventory and operation," Shepherd said.

According to Gary Carlson, executive director of Leavenworth Area Development, the Leavenworth Port Authority has accepted Shepherd's offer to purchase the building and lot for $381,000. The building will closely resemble the spec building that Everlasting Specialties moved into last month. The Superior Alloy Steel structure will be east of Everlasting Specialties' new home.

Shepherd said he lives in southern Leavenworth County and wanted to find a business site closer to his home. He owns the company with his wife, Jayna, and son, Darren.

The Shepherds are seeking some employees.

"We run two trucks right now to make our deliveries," Shepherd said. "We're hoping we can find at least two people up there, possibly an inside sales person and a warehouse sales person."

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