Newton women attend conference

Several hundred “sisters” from throughout state recently attended the annual P.E.O. Kansas State Convention.

Newton’s Chapter IA had several significant players in Wichita.

Three local members were recognized at the “Golden Girls” Luncheon on June 11th. Mary Ann McCloud, Gini Coleman Johnson and Betty Lou Richert celebrate 50 years of sisterhood.

On June 10, several members of Chapter IA presented an invitation to next year’s convention. In addition to a newly crafted musical invitation, others distributed hand-made invites. Those who participated included: Ann Adrian, Gini Coleman Johnson, Betty Lou Richert, Mary McGehee, Sally Long, Kay Larson, Eileen Kloster, Kay Ediger, Marilyn Sjogren, Noelle Dickinson, Rita Flickinger, Angela Altum, Jenny Gihring, Cheryl Williams, Marci Brenneman, Becky Cooper and Mary Anne McCloud.

In addition, Mary McGehee has been chosen to serve on the Kansas Sunflower Grant Project which awards money to those in need.

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.




AGCO awarded contract

DULUTH, Ga. – AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), a manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment with a manufacturing facility in Hesston, recently announced it has been awarded a three-year cooperative contract with two additional one-year renewal options with the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance. The award covers the Massey Ferguson® and Challenger® tractors, and includes the complete AGCO catalog.

According to a news release, AGCO was selected for the U.S.-based contract due in part to its high brand recognition for the Massey Ferguson and Challenger product lines, competitive pricing, and reputable national dealer coverage.

The U.S. Communities program is a national government purchasing alliance that aggregates the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide.

“This contract means AGCO will be able to provide value to more than 70,000 public and non-profit agencies at the state and local level, such as school districts and universities, or city, municipal and county governments,” said Korey Maryland, the North American government sales manager at AGCO. “These entities will not only benefit from streamlined, efficient access to reliable equipment, but also cost savings, convenience and maximum production levels.”






State draws low marks on report card

A report card examining Kansas’ manufacturing and logistics status gave the state its first F this year in a category tied to unfunded pensions and liabilities, but the state retained a B grade in overall manufacturing industry health.


The Conexus 2017 Manufacturing & Logistics Report Card, put together by Indiana’s Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research Data Center, assesses manufacturing industry health nationwide, breaking down each state’s overall grade into specific categories.


Kansas dropped in several areas, but it was the state’s controversial tax plan and resulting revenue losses that brought in the F grade. The drop occurred in the “expected liability gap” category, where the state reported a C in 2016 but hit bottom in 2017.


“Many states have failed to provide a direct funding stream to bond obligations or fully fund pension plans, leading to unfunded bond and pension liabilities,” the report said. “These unfunded liabilities represent an expected state fiscal liability gap, which is a good indicator of the direction of future taxes and public services.”


The state’s failure to fully fund the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System would fall into that category.


In logistics industry health, which considers the ability to move, store and distribute manufactured goods and takes into account local conditions with existing or planned transportation networks, the state dropped from a B to a C+. In worker benefit costs, a look at non-wage labor costs such as health care issues, liability and casualty insurance and workers’ compensation, Kansas dropped from an A to a C.


In human capital, the state moved from a C+ to a C.


Kansas got a boosted grade in sector diversification, which is a look into how diversified manufacturing activity is and policies that seek to diversify the economy. The state moved from a C- to a C.



The Conexus report can be found at


— The Topeka Capital-Journal



KDOT requesting comments on STIP amendment

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) requests comments on an amendment to the FFY 2017-2020 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) document.

The STIP is a project specific publication that lists all KDOT administered projects, regardless of funding source, and includes projects for counties and cities as well as projects on the State Highway System. The list of projects being amended to the STIP can be viewed at

The approval of the STIP amendment requires a public comment period, which concludes July 6. To make comments on the amendment, contact KDOT’s Bureau of Program and Project Management at (785) 296-2252.

This information is available in alternative accessible formats. To obtain an alternative format, contact the KDOT Office of Public Affairs, (785) 296-3585 (Voice/Hearing Impaired-711).