KMS, Inc., a wholesale and distribution company headquartered in Wichita, will expand with the purchase of an additional operations center in the currently vacated and former Eaton building, in Hutchinson, Kansas.
“This large building presents a great opportunity for KMS to continue to grow and expand in our distribution business in the core of the country,” said Tom George, President & CEO of KMS, Inc. “We look forward to bringing jobs and this building back online.”
According to Greater Hutch, an economic development partnership for Reno County, KMS, Inc. currently operates four distribution centers throughout the United States, offering a wide array of general merchandise from clothing, hardware, kitchen appliances, electronics, heaters, air conditioners and much more. This location will allow the company to grow in their wholesale distribution offerings. KMS, Inc. will be making several updates to the building and plan to be operational in the next 60-90 days.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with KMS, Inc. and their leadership team,” said Debra Teufel, President & CEO of the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce. “This 380,000 square foot facility is a large footprint and has had a major role in Hutchinson’s manufacturing legacy. Our Greater Hutch Economic Development Partnership worked tirelessly over the last three years to find just the right tenant to repurpose this facility.”
The Greater Hutch Economic Development Partnership said it worked with a number of community partners on this collaborative effort including the City of Hutchinson, Reno County, local contractors and utility partners who all helped find solutions for this project to come together.
“It's fantastic to see the productive reuse of this key building after many years of vacancy. I am excited to welcome KMS, Inc. to Hutchinson, and am grateful that they chose to invest in our community”, said Jade Piros de Carvalho, Hutchinson Mayor.