New Tonganoxie business focuses on military projects
New construction has been scarce in Tonganoxie since the recession started nearly two years ago, but the new structure nearing completion on Tonganoxie Drive will bring employment opportunities to the community.
Blue Mountain Capital Inc. of Bonner Springs is constructing the building on 1.5 acres just north of U.S. Highway 24-40 and east of Tonganoxie Road.
Tom Richards, owner of the Manhattan-based Construction Building Specialties, said he anticipated the company would relocate its Lansing operation to the 7,200-square-foot building in about three weeks.
CBS primarily installs doors, associated hardware and access controls on military installations, Richards said. The company’s main office is in Manhattan. It has another in Oklahoma and the one in Lansing, which services Fort Leavenworth and military installations on the Missouri side of the metro area, he said.
The Tonganoxie relocation was necessitated when the company outgrew its Lansing site, Richards said.
“Once we get there, we’ll hire two or three right away,” Richards said. “Two will be coming down from Lansing, and we’ll hire two or three more.”
Andy Suber, director of Blue Mountain, said Blue Mountain received a preliminary plat last year for a commercial/light industrial park for a 7.5-acre property that fronts U.S. 24-40 on the south and CR5 on the west. The acreage sold to CBS is the first of four or five sites to be developed, he said.
The preliminary plat anticipates commercial development along the U.S. 24-40 frontage and light industrial on the Tonganoxie Drive frontage, Suber said.
An additional advantage of the site’s development, should build out follow the preliminary plat, is it would provide needed access north of U.S. 24-40 by extending Ridge Drive north of the road, Suber said.