With the announcement of a second wind-energy manufacturer locating in the Kansas Logistics Park, the city of Newton is anticipating the addition of about 750 jobs during the course of four to five years.
“I think this is an exceptionally big deal for our community,” said city commissioner Raquel Thiessen.
The Logistics Park first tenant, Tindall Corp., will manufacture concrete bases for traditional wind turbines. Tindall has yet to break ground for their facility, but projects hiring about 400 people in the next four to five years. New Millennium Wind Energy, which will manufacture a new design wind turbine, expects to break ground within two months. They plan to hire about 350 people in the next four years.
The impact for the community is much more than jobs; it will have a ripple effect.
“I think of the Siemans project in Hutchinson,” said Newton city manager Randy Riggs. “There are businesses in Newton providing materials, services and support for that. If that’s in place over there, contemplate the opportunity of having two large companies in our own back yard.”
Riggs said current businesses, and entrepreneurs, in Newton will likely benefit from having two large employers at the logistics park.
He also believes the real estate market could benefit from the growth in the manufacturing sector.
“Hopefully some of those employees and families will want to live in Newton,” Riggs said. “What a great opportunity and ripple effect for our real estate professionals to take advantage of.”
Thiessen said she expects people to relocate to Newton, broadening the tax base. She also said she expects the amount of sales tax collected in Newton will increase over the next few years as those 750 jobs are filled.
“The more people live in Newton, and the more people that can spend money in Newton, benefits us,” Thiessen said. “Sales tax dollars allow communities to keep property taxes as low as possible. ... We can continue to provide the high quality services we are accustomed too. ... You don’t land two amazing and significant companies like this and not see an economic impact,” Thiessen said.