Congratulations to our own MMC Contractors and Fishtech for being named 2017 Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri Cornerstone winners! Cornerstone Award winners provide economic stimulus to our city and MMC Contractors and Fishtech are great examples of that.
MMC Contractors has been in Martin City for 10 years and has been a longtime supporter of the CID. When their building lease at 13800 Wyandotte ended in 2016, they faced a decision: expand their existing facility or move elsewhere. MMC Contractors’ President Keith Andrews said the decision to stay in Martin City was a no-brainer.
“We love our location in Martin City! It’s a nice, safe community with quick access to the entire metro,” said Andrews.“The area is booming, and our employees have built their lives around this community. It would be a disruption to our entire company if we moved.”
MMC Contractors specializes in large, complex mechanical projects, primarily in healthcare, energy, industrial and commercial industries. Their expansion included 33,500 square feet of additional space added onto the existing 42,000 square foot older building.
The new addition includes 42 new office spaces, an expanded fitness center, new employee locker rooms, more warehouse space, training rooms, and conference and meeting areas. The surrounding parking lot adds 78 additional parking spaces.
On the opposite side of our district at 13333 Holmes Road, we’ve been fortunate to witness the incredible unfolding of FishTech‘s brand new $10 million headquarters facility and showroom. The building was created using state of the art sustainable materials and technologies and is expected to bring anywhere from 50-70 new jobs.
Fishtech’s move into our community has spurred more redevelopment and created much-needed jobs in our district. They’ve also enhanced the Community Improvement District’s (CID) reputation, which we know will help us attract more desirable businesses in the long run.
“When people think about technology companies, you don’t see a lot headquartered in South Kansas City,” said CEO Gary Fish, an industry veteran and serial entrepreneur with experience in building both industry-changing integrators and technology manufacturers. Fishtech is a cloud security company who partners with companies to solve their complex security and digital transformation challenges.
“We are building this really cool facility that looks like it belongs over in Leawood but it’s going to be right here in Martin City. We hope FishTech will spawn a birth of redevelopment, especially as we start bringing employees here.”
Bambini Creativ, MMC Contractors, Hangers Cleaners, Infinite Energy Construction, Martin City Brewing Company and Martin City Pizza & Tap Room are all past Cornerstone nominees, and we are excited to be in the spotlight again with TWO Cornerstone businesses to showcase!
In 2016, EDCKC honored the Martin City Community Improvement District as one of 10 Cornerstone Award winners at Union Station. While the CID knew going in they won a Cornerstone Award, the Martin City CID was surprised to find out we had also won the “People’s Choice Award” which was a ten-day public vote on Facebook.
Here’s a short video recap of the 2016 Cornerstone Awards ceremony showing CID board members reaction to the news:
We are incredibly proud and excited to have both MMC Contractors and FishTech recognized as 2017 Cornerstone Winners and look forward to supporting them at the Cornerstone Awards Reception on May 9th. For more information about the event and to buy tickets, please visit the EDCKC website.