Archive for Monday, February 1, 2010

Kansas City, Mo., company moving to Leavenworth County

February 1, 2010

A new business is coming to Leavenworth County, the Leavenworth County Development Corporation announced Monday.

Central Bag Company is moving its business from Kansas City, Mo., to the former Hallmark Select Products building in Leavenworth. After renovations to the building are complete, the company will bring its 17 existing employees to Leavenworth this year with plans to increase that number to 75 during the next five years.

“We are excited about the move to Leavenworth and the growth opportunity it will provide our company,” said Chris Klimek, president of Central Bag. “We currently operate out of a six-story building, and the move into a 250,000 square-foot building on one level will allow us to operate more efficiently and expand our products and services.”

Central Bag Company was established in 1929 and in 1989 became 100 percent employee-owned. The company manufactures textile bags, as well as imports and distributes paper, burlap, cotton, polyethylene and woven polypropylene bags and other packaging products.

Central Bag will manufacture bags locally as the company plans to increase its business.

“We welcome this outstanding company,” said Steve Jack, executive director of LCDC. “This is further evidence that Leavenworth County is a great place to do business.”

LCDC teamed with the Kansas Department of Commerce and the City of Leavenworth to assist in the company’s relocation. In order to encourage the initial group of employees to relocate to Leavenworth, LCDC worked with the City and the Leavenworth County Port

Authority to offer moving expenses to those existing employees.

“We’re excited to welcome Central Bag Company to Leavenworth,” said Kansas Department of Commerce secretary Bill Thornton. “Despite the nation’s economic challenges, we continue to see great companies like Central Bag coming to Kansas to expand their business. We appreciate Central Bag’s commitment to our state and our workers.”

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