From start to finish, many of our success stories in 2015 were centered around the growth of our business community. Here are some of the ways we made headlines:
Martin City Welcomed SIX New Businesses In 2015!
If you haven’t had a chance to stop by and welcome these new businesses to the neighborhood, there’s plenty of time in 2016 to do so because they aren’t going anywhere! Here’s who moved in:
Big Lots – Stateline Shops, 13637 Washington Street
Non-traditional discount retailer operating over 1,450 stores in 48 states with a variety of product assortments.
Brickman Group, Ltd. – 13516 Oak Street
Provider of landscape maintenance and snow removal services,
Laser Equipment – 13850 Wyandotte Street
Recycled and repurposed printer cartridges for corporations – no assembly lines – they hire people to completely break down the product and rebuild it in-house.
Pristine Hearing Aid Solutions – Stateline Shops, 13610 Washington Street
Hearing aids, hearing aid equipment and service center, hearing tests and audiology services.
Pronghorn Group – 13354 Holmes Road
General contractor focused primarily on general construction for the federal government where contract opportunities exist for American Indian owned businesses.
Restoration Emporium – 612 E. 135th Street (Charm house)
Restoration Emporium purchased Charm. Vintage inspired treasures, one of a kind gifts and home decor.
Long timers who changed locations but chose to remain in Martin City:
TapanAm Associates, Inc. (TAI), a 32-year-old US-based, multi-disciplined consulting engineering firm, had been located at 201 W. 135th Street since 2001 and renovated vacant space at 13340 Holmes Road in July to better accommodate their needs.
The Dental Center of South KC completely renovated and moved into the old McKinzie Construction/ Keegan’s BBQ building at 315 E. 135th Street in Martin City. Though the space is new to the dental practice, Dr. Gregory Stiver has been practicing dentistry for 28 years in Martin City. They outgrew their old facility at 13643 Holmes road and now have plenty of room to grow!
Businesses who changed ownership but chose to remain in Martin City:
Smithfield Foods (purchased Farmland) A company-wide realignment, which took effect March 1, 2015, unified all of Smithfield’s independent operating companies, brands – including the Farmland Foods brand – marketing, and more than 48,000 employees around the world under one corporate umbrella. There are around 450 employees at the Martin City location, some of them having been there for as many as 16 years, and the facility’s Environmental Coordinator says they are happy to stay in Martin City.
Premier Mazda, located at the northeast corner of Wyandotte and Hwy MO-150, was purchased by Elm Creek Autogroup, LLC from Lucas, Texas. The Elm Creek Autogroup is keeping the “Premier” name on the Martin City dealership and the new ownership group promises to provide outstanding service and quality to every buyer that comes on the lot!
Current CID members who expanded (or are currently expanding):
Jess and Jim’s Steakhouse – Built a new outdoor dining patio with firepit
Martin City Animal Hospital – Built a new exam room as an addition to their current facility
Martin City Brewing Company – Opened new event space at the corner of 135th Street and Holmes Road
MMC Contractors – Currently investing more than $3 million in the expansion of their Martin City location, which will give them additional room to house the 42 new employees they plan to hire!
Volleyball Beach – Purchased and installed an air dome to cover 8 outdoor sand courts, which enables the company to stay open year-round. Volleyball Beach now has the largest indoor sand volleyball dome in the country!
New Business projects underway:
FishTech Labs Product Demonstration Facility – A new 20,000-sq-ft building is planned for 13333 Holmes Road (between Margaritas and Volleyball Beach) in Martin City. The highly energy-efficient building is expected to cost $8 million to construct and will be staffed by 48 employees with an average annual salary of $119,000. Read more about the project here
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