Archive for Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Powder company’s plans for move still on target

April 2, 2003

Principals of a Johnson County firm that plans to move its distribution center to a site east of Tonganoxie soon will meet with an architect.

Hodgdon Powder Company, which distributes black powder and smokeless propellants for sport shooting, will move its distribution center onto a tract at the northeast corner of 198th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40. The site is about three miles east of Tonganoxie.

"We still haven't settled on a building configuration and loading docks and all of those things that comprise having a facility out there," said Doug Delsemme, vice president and general counsel for Hodgdon.

He said company officials will meet soon with an architect to begin work on ideas for the distribution center, which will move from Shawnee.

Currently, Hodgdon employs 14 people at its Shawnee center.

The company wants to construct about 39,000 square feet of buildings, including office/security, maintenance, a ballistic lab, a screen house and processing, packaging, bulk storage, black powder storage and shipping.

Company officials have said they want to move from their Shawnee property because residential development has grown to Hodgdon's 160-acre site, making the tract too valuable to use as a distribution center.

They also want to use the move to make their operations more efficient.

Officials have said they would like to have the local center start operations by June 2004.

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