Kubota Announces Plans for $87 Million Expansion to Create a New Logistics Hub at LPKC, Adds a Fifth Division and Midwest Sales Office

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EDGERTON, Kan. – (October 23, 2017) Kubota Tractor Corporation confirmed its plans to plant solid roots in Kansas for its North American Distribution Center (NADC) by announcing the details of its letter of intent to purchase 203 acres near the company’s current leased facility in Edgerton, Kansas. The company plans to design and build two, one million square foot, facilities to expand their distribution capacity and streamline logistics processes for the timely delivery of Kubota branded service parts and equipment to its increasing customer base in the U.S.

In addition to the logistics facilities, Kubota also announced an additional commitment to its Midwest dealers and customers by establishing a fifth operational division and sales office in Edgerton. The new Midwest Division office will reside within the same complex as the parts and whole-good operations and provide an essential sales presence for Kubota in the heartland of America.

“For Kubota to make this kind of reinvestment in Edgerton is a testament of the value our location brings to companies who need to easily connect to the global supply chain,” said City of Edgerton Mayor, Donald Roberts. “We look forward to our continued community partnership with the Kubota team.”

“Kubota already employs 150 Kansans in Edgerton, and the expansion could add another 150-200 on top of that. I’m so pleased about the growth and opportunity for Kansans this will bring,” said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

About Kubota Tractor Corporation

Kubota Tractor Corporation, Grapevine, Texas, is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured machinery and equipment, including a complete line of tractors of up to 170 Gross hp, performance-matched implements, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, hay tools and spreaders, commercial turf products and utility vehicles. For product literature or dealer locations, contact: Kubota Tractor Corporation, 1000 Kubota Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051, (888) 4-KUBOTA [(888) 458-2682], Ext. 900, or visit KubotaUSA.com.

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About ElevateEdgerton!

ElevateEdgerton! is a public-private economic development partnership that serves as the proactive advocate for the economic advancement of the City of Edgerton. Edgerton is located in the southwest corner of Johnson County, a suburb of the Kansas City area. Edgerton defines itself as the unique juxtaposition of a small town with strong community values and a world-class inland port with direct connection to the global supply chain. ElevateEdgerton! initiates programs and services to attract and retain business, encourages diverse development by partnering with allies and ensures Edgerton stays a pro-business community. The partnership provides high-value opportunities to investors through promotion and communication, networking and thought leadership.

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Horizon Global Selects Edgerton for New Distribution Center

Facility to serve as main hub for North American distribution

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EDGERTON, Kan. (July 24, 2017) – Horizon Global, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of branded towing and trailering equipment, today announced it is nearing completion on a new 512,000-square-foot distribution facility in Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) in Edgerton, Kansas, that is expected to create more than 120 new jobs.

“Our Company conducted a freight management and distribution study and, ultimately, selected Edgerton as an ideal location for the center of our North American distribution operations,” said Ron Dill, Director of Operations and Logistics. “When the Edgerton facility begins shipping to Horizon Global customers by the end of the year, it will provide improved delivery times and service levels for our aftermarket and retail customers, while also providing savings to the Company through a more efficient distribution platform.”

The Edgerton facility will consolidate the Horizon Global Americas distribution into a more centrally located and larger facility, while simultaneously upgrading distribution operations through automation and technology. The Edgerton location is part of the Company’s larger distribution strategy and will be supported by strategically placed regional distribution facilities throughout the United States.

“We welcome the addition of Horizon Global and their employees to the Edgerton community,” said City of Edgerton Mayor, Donald Roberts. “Companies like Horizon Global are looking for strategic ways to advance their businesses and LPKC offers the right environment to support those goals by being the choice location to efficiently enter the global supply chain.”

Horizon Global’s new Edgerton facility will be located in Inland Port XXII, developed by NorthPoint Development. NorthPoint Development serves as the master developer for LPKC, a 1,700-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development anchored by BNSF Railway’s newest intermodal facility. Since opening in 2013, LPKC is now home to more than 11 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space.

“Horizon Global’s decision to select Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) as the home for its new distribution center illustrates Edgerton’s ideal geographic location leading to savings in transportation, inventory and productivity for companies locating within the park,” said Steve Hale, President of ElevateEdgerton!. “ElevateEdgerton! welcomes Horizon Global to Edgerton and looks forward to working to recruit other types of development to support Horizon Global and other tenants at LPKC.”

ElevateEdgerton! was proud to work jointly on this recruitment with several regional partners including KC SmartPort, State of Kansas, Kansas Department of Commerce, City of Edgerton, CBRE, NorthPoint Development, JLL, KCP&L, BNSF Railway, Water District No. 7 and Johnson County Community College.

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About Horizon Global
Horizon Global is the #1 designer, manufacturer and distributor of a wide variety of high-quality, custom-engineered towing, trailering, cargo management and other related accessory products in North America, Australia and Europe. The Company serves OEMs, retailers, dealer networks and the end consumer as the category leader in the automotive, leisure and agricultural market segments. Horizon provides its customers with outstanding products and services that reflect the Company’s commitment to market leadership, innovation and operational excellence. The Company’s mission is to utilize forward-thinking technology to develop and deliver best-in-class products for our customers, engage with our employees and realize value creation for our shareholders.

Horizon Global is home to some of the world’s most recognized brands in the towing and trailering industry, including: BULLDOG, Draw-Tite, Fulton, Hayman Reese, Reese, ROLA, Tekonsha, and Westfalia. Horizon Global has approximately 4200 employees in 64 facilities across 20 countries. www.horizonglobal.com

About ElevateEdgerton!
ElevateEdgerton! is a public-private economic development partnership that serves as the proactive advocate for the economic advancement of the City of Edgerton. Edgerton is located in the southwest corner of Johnson County, a suburb of the Kansas City area. ElevateEdgerton! initiates programs and services to attract and retain business, encourages diverse development by partnering with allies and ensures Edgerton stays a pro-business community. The partnership provides high-value opportunities to investors through promotion and communication, networking and thought leadership.

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UPS Announces New Distribution Center in Edgerton

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EDGERTON, Kan. – (May 24, 2017) United Parcel Service Inc. is the latest company to have a presence in Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) in Edgerton. UPS has announced it is developing a 197,000-square-foot facility with expectations it will be on line prior to the busy holiday shipping season.

“The City of Edgerton is thrilled to welcome UPS to Edgerton and Logistics Park Kansas City,” said Edgerton Mayor Donald Roberts. “UPS’ decision to locate in Edgerton illustrates LPKC’s versatility for businesses in all facets of the supply chain.”

UPS officials said the Edgerton location offers convenient access to the nearby BNSF Railways’ intermodal rail operations as an intermediate point in the UPS network to connect road and rail for long-distance UPS® Ground package transit. The Edgerton facility will include a UPS Customer Center and will dispatch the familiar brown trucks for routes in the area.

Fern Shaw, president of UPS’s Central Plains District, said the Edgerton location is at the center of the UPS network and enables the Fortune Top 50 company to keep packages moving in all directions across the country.

“New technologies will give our people training and opportunity to make processing accuracy a hallmark and expand what we offer businesses and consumer who are benefiting from e- commerce growth,” Shaw stated.

UPS is developing the Edgerton facility in collaboration with NorthPoint Development. Based in Riverside, Mo., NorthPoint serves as the real estate developer for LPKC, a 1,700-acre distribution hub now containing over 10 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space.

“UPS coming to Edgerton represents yet another example of a national company taking advantage of the logistical benefits of LPKC and having access to a quality labor force,” said Steve Hale, President of ElevateEdgerton!, the economic development enterprise serving the community. “It’s exciting to know when UPS brown trucks make deliveries across the metro this holiday season, Edgerton will be central to the process.”

The new UPS operation will be located on the west side of LPKC at 19400 Essex Street. The location is less than a mile from the BNSF Railway intermodal facility and is accessible to nearby I-35 via Homestead Lane.

UPS will begin recruiting for part-time operations in July for training at the Lenexa facility before workers transition to the Edgerton location. Part-time employees are eligible for benefits, including tuition assistance through the UPS Earn & Learn program.

About ElevateEdgerton!
ElevateEdgerton! is a public-private economic development partnership that serves as the proactive advocate for the economic advancement of the City of Edgerton. Edgerton is located in the southwest corner of Johnson County, a suburb of the Kansas City area. Edgerton defines itself as the unique juxtaposition of a small town with strong community values and a world- class inland port with direct connection to the global supply chain. ElevateEdgerton! initiates programs and services to attract and retain business, encourages diverse development by partnering with allies and ensures Edgerton stays a pro-business community. The partnership provides high-value opportunities to investors through promotion and communication, networking and thought leadership.

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NorthPoint Development Building 777,222 Square-Foot Spec Space at Logistics Park Kansas City

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EDGERTON, Kan. (April 13, 2017) — NorthPoint Development  has substantially completed Inland Port VIII (IP8), a 777,222 square-foot state-of-the-art industrial space being built on a speculative basis at Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC). LPKC is a 1,700-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development anchored by BNSF Railway’s newest intermodal facility in Edgerton, Kan., just southwest of downtown Kansas City, Mo.

The new building, located at 30900 W. 185th Street, can accommodate manufacturing, warehouse and distribution tenants of varying size. IP8’s close proximity to the entrance of BNSF’s intermodal facility gives its future tenant convenient access to international and domestic container service, along with the benefits of heavy-haul corridors and a Foreign Trade Zone. IP8 will feature 36-foot clear height and consist of 77 dock-high loading bays, four drive-in docks and an expandable parking lot with the potential for nearly 400 spaces.

“We are pleased that NorthPoint continues to deliver an aggressive speculative building program,” said City of Edgerton’s Mayor Donald Roberts. “Speculative building construction continues to drive a high level of interest for companies to locate to Edgerton.  Having available spec space is attractive for those who need to quickly enter the market — bringing with them new jobs and additional growth opportunities for businesses in our community.”

The addition of IP8 will bring the available speculative space at LPKC to more than 1.4 million square feet. When the building is complete at the end of 2017, there will be 16 buildings totaling nearly 9 million square feet — more than half of the total future building capacity of 17 million square feet — constructed at LPKC since October 2013.

For leasing opportunities at Inland Port VIII or LPKC, contact the exclusive commercial real estate agents Phil Algrim and Kevin Wilkerson of JLL at 913.469.4600 or www.jll.com/kansas-city.

About Logistics Park Kansas City
Located in Edgerton, Kan., LPKC is a 1,700-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development anchored by BNSF Railway’s newest intermodal facility, which opened in late 2013. Companies located at LPKC benefit from significant transportation savings and direct access to heavy-haul corridors. For more information about the benefits of co-locating at LPKC, visit www.logisticsparkkc.com.

About NorthPoint Development
NorthPoint Development is a privately held real estate development company specializing in complex master-planned projects. NorthPoint has logistics-oriented developments in 11 markets across the United States and serves as the real estate developer for Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC), a 1,700-acre inland distribution hub that includes a public private partnership and BNSF’s newest intermodal facility. Typical discussions with prospective tenants include decreasing operating costs, matching empty containers with export loads, decreased drayage expenses, and increasing utilization of domestic intermodal services. For lower volume shippers, typical savings represent 30-40% of the total costs of occupancy. For higher volume shippers, combined savings can represent the entire cost of occupancy. Visit www.beyondthecontract.com and www.logisticsparkkc.com for more information.

About JLL
JLL is a financial and professional services firm that specializes in commercial real estate services. Our 70,000+ employees across 80 countries serve the local, regional and global real estate needs of corporations and investors, delivering integrated commercial real estate services built on insight and foresight, sound market research and relevant knowledge. JLL’s Kansas City brokerage team has been involved in excess of 3,000 sales and leasing transactions, totaling over $1.5 billion in value. Kevin Wilkerson and Phillip Algrim are the exclusive agents for Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) and are part of the JLL’s Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions team. For more information, visit www.jll.com.

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Capstone Awards 2017: Industrial – Inland Port XIV

Inland Port XIV won a KC Business Journal Capstone Award in the Industrial category. It was developed as the largest speculative building in Kansas City at the time and is now an Amazon fulfillment center giving the online commerce giant the ability to ship orders quickly from the center of the country. It became operational in mid-2016.

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Capstone Awards 2017: Infrastructure – Waverly Road design-build

The Waverly Road project won a KC Business Journal Capstone Award in the Infrastructure category. It included nearly three miles of new concrete roadway and a grade separation over the BNSF Railway Intermodal lead track at Logistics Park Kansas City.

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Spectrum Brands Hardware and Home Improvement Division to Open New Distribution Facility at Logistics Park Kansas City

Spectrum logoEDGERTON, Kan. – (February 3, 2017) Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Spectrum Brands Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) division plans to centralize its operations from two existing distribution facilities in Charlotte, N.C., and Mira Loma, Calif., into a single 927,112 square-foot distribution center at Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) in Edgerton, Kan. Construction of the building Spectrum will occupy at LPKC, known as Inland Port XXXIII, began in March 2016. It is Kansas City’s largest-ever to be constructed on a speculative basis.

“Spectrum Brands HHI initiated a study of our existing distribution and fulfillment network in December with the intent of identifying the best option for the business to increase distribution capabilities and service levels, provide room for expansion, reduce overall inventory levels, and improve cost management,” said Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Hardware and Home Improvement Phil Szuba. “After completing our analysis, we determined that centralizing distribution operations in Edgerton will enable Spectrum Brands HHI to more efficiently serve our customers with lower inventory levels while establishing a platform for future growth.”

Spectrum Brands HHI will begin transitioning operations from California and North Carolina immediately. The company plans to start receiving inventory in Edgerton in March and will start shipping from the new LPKC distribution center in April. When complete, Spectrum Brands will have approximately 315 jobs in the State of Kansas.

“It is fitting that such a time-honored and reliable company like Spectrum will be located at Logistics Park Kansas City,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave. “LPKC has become a haven for excellence in business and we look forward to continuing this tradition of excellence with Spectrum Brands at its new distribution facility in Edgerton.”

“Its central location, access to a strong and available workforce with on-site recruitment and training assistance continues to illustrate why companies like Spectrum Brands HHI choose to locate in LPKC,” said City of Edgerton Mayor Roberts. “Easier and efficient access to the supply chain and the well-known Midwestern work ethic that our community embodies was also a deciding factor. We look forward to welcoming Spectrum Brands HHI as part of the Edgerton community and building partnerships together.”

LPKC is a 1,700-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development anchored by BNSF Railway’s newest intermodal facility, which opened in 2013. Companies located at LPKC benefit from significant transportation savings and direct access to a heavy-haul corridor. For more information about LPKC, visit www.logisticsparkkc.com.

While Spectrum Brands is looking to open its new facility in Edgerton, the project’s implementation is contingent upon formal approval of workforce, equipment and other incentives from state and local organizations.

This project was a joint effort with the following partner organizations: Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Department of Transportation, BNSF Railway, NorthPoint Development, KCP&L and the City of Edgerton.

For questions about this project, contact Dave Prichard, David.prichard@spectrumbrands.com at Spectrum Brands, or Nicole Randall, Nicole.Randall@ks.gov at the Kansas Department of Commerce.

About Spectrum Brands Hardware and Home Improvement
Spectrum Brands Hardware and Home Improvement is a major manufacturer and supplier of residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware, commercial hardware, and faucets with a portfolio of renowned brands, including Kwikset®, Weiser®, Baldwin®, National Hardware®, Stanley®, FANAL®, Pfister™, EZSET®, and Tell Manufacturing. HHI is a leader in its key markets with #1 positions in U.S. residential locksets, Canada residential locksets, U.S. luxury locksets and U.S. builders’ hardware. It is also #2 in Mexico residential hardware and #3 in U.S. retail plumbing.

About Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.
Spectrum Brands Holdings, a member of the Russell 1000 Index, is a global consumer products company offering an expanding portfolio of leading brands providing superior value to consumers and customers every day. The Company is a leading supplier of consumer batteries, residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware, plumbing, shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small household appliances, specialty pet supplies, lawn and garden and home pest control products, personal insect repellents, and auto care products. Helping to meet the needs of consumers worldwide, our Company offers a broad portfolio of market-leading, well-known and widely trusted brands including Rayovac®, VARTA®, Kwikset®, Weiser®, Baldwin®, National Hardware®, Pfister®, Remington®, George Foreman®, Russell Hobbs®, Black+Decker®, Tetra®, Marineland®, Nature’s Miracle®, Dingo®, 8-in-1®, FURminator®, IAMS®, Eukanuba®, Digest-eeze(tm), Healthy-Hide®, Littermaid®, Spectracide®, Cutter®, Repel®, Hot Shot®, Black Flag®, Liquid Fence®, Armor All®, STP® and A/C PRO®. Spectrum Brands’ products are sold by the world’s top 25 retailers and are available in more than one million stores in approximately 160 countries. Based in Middleton, Wisconsin, Spectrum Brands Holdings generated net sales of approximately $5.04 billion in fiscal 2016.  For more information, visit www.spectrumbrands.com.

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For KC area, 2016 proves to be an industrial-strength year

The Kansas City-area industrial real estate market set new records in 2016.

According to a 2017 Commercial Real Estate Forecast Report from Colliers International’s Kansas City office, the market broke one old record by posting 6.1 million square feet of positive net absorption last year.

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U.S. Industrial Market Headed For Another Record Year

CHICAGO—The US industrial markets just had another historic year, with record-setting levels of absorption and vacancy, and experts say these good times should last at least through the end of 2017. Tenants absorbed 63.6 million square feet of space in the final quarter of 2016, which propelled net absorption for the year to 282.9 million square feet, according to a new year-end report from Cushman & Wakefield. The national vacancy rate for all product types continued to decline in the fourth quarter, falling 30 bps from the prior quarter and 100 bps from the prior year to 5.5%.

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Kansas logistics park offers big intermodal-growth potential for BNSF

For Class Is, industrial development (id) is key to generating traffic. They continually work with shippers to explore a plant expansion or evaluate transportation options that might involve transloading, all with the intent of increasing volume.

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