Archive for Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Pharmaceutical firm in works

Urban Hess still showing activity

May 16, 2001

Activity in Tonganoxie's business park continues.

Construction is under way on a 10,000-square-foot building for a pharmaceutical firm that plans to supply pharmacists with overnight service.

Co-owner Jim Aldrich explained that the new business would contract with pharmacies to fill prescriptions for maintenance medications.

Using automation, Right Choice will fill the prescription in Tonganoxie and send it by courier to the pharmacy. The patient would pick up the pharmaceuticals the following day at his or her local pharmacy, where the pharmacist will be available to counsel patients about the drugs they are taking.

Aldrich said Right Choice's building will resemble other buildings in Urban Hess Business Center.

"The weather slowed us up a little bit," Aldrich said. "I think the building will be done around the first of July."

Once construction is complete, the company will install and test equipment, with a startup date likely to come in late summer, Aldrich said.

The pharmaceutical company's structure is just west of S&S Alloy Steel, which moved into the business park in April. The company which is a stocking distributor of steel bar, including stainless steel, brass, copper, bronze, alloy bar and tubing, and precision shafting moved to the Tonganoxie business park from Olathe. The family-owned business' clients include machine shops, fabrication shops, and tool and die shops.

In another few weeks, a greenhouse should open at the intersection of Leavenworth County Road 5 and Laming Road. Two Tonganoxie residents Art Hancock and Twila Hickman will own the business, which will feature a retail garden center and greenhouse.

Retail sales will be conducted in a 1,500-square-foot building, while the greenhouse will occupy another 2,880 square feet.

And it's likely that next year the business park will be home to a Basehor business.

"We are still working with a commercial builder for some pricing and to determine what it's going to cost and to finalize our plans," said Kenneth Lindsley, co-owner of the Cabinet Shop of Basehor.

The company purchased two lots in Urban Hess, where Lindsley plans to construct a 12,000-square-foot building with a dock.

"I'm thinking next year is likely," he said. "There's still a lot of work to do on the property, decisions to make, excavations to make on one lot, where there's a lot of drainage involved."

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