Conexon, a professional consulting company that works exclusively with electric cooperatives to bring fiber to the home in rural communities, established its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.
The company will occupy a 7,600 square-foot facility in downtown Kansas City. Conexon currently has 53 employees, and the new facility is expected to add 22 new jobs to the region.
The company has also launched a full-service NOC, Network Engineering and Technical Support Call Center in the same location to support its clients in broadband deployment and operations.
Randy Klindt, Conexon founder and partner, recently moved back to Kansas City to be closer to family and leverage the close proximity to many of Conexon’s clients, partners and vendors. He was the former General Manager of OzarksGo in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and spearheaded the launch of their fiber broadband project to serve 100% of its members.
Klindt implemented Conexon’s business plan process and helped secure more than $23 million in CAF II Auction to fund the project. OzarksGo is now on the path to sustainability and approaching 10,000 members connected. Klindt recognized it was now time to dedicate 100% of his time to Conexon and continue the mission to help more rural electric membership cooperatives build fiber in their communities.
“Our business is rural and Kansas City is in the heart of rural America,” Klindt said. “Kansas City has a friendly Midwest feel and a growing technology industry. That combined with family and key partners in the area made Kansas City the obvious choice for our headquarters.”
The headquarters will house departments including network design, construction management, network operations, support, sales and marketing. The new facility will also house its state-of-the-art Network Operations Center (NOC), Network Engineering and Call Center support team.
“I am very excited to welcome Conexon to Missouri,” Missouri Governor Mike Parson said. “Expanding infrastructure is one of my top priorities as Governor, and that includes creating access to high-speed internet throughout the state. Making this crucial improvement will allow rural and urban regions to thrive together, and it will give every Missourian access to being a competitor on state, national, and global levels. Companies like Conexon allow us not only to compete, but to win.”
Conexon will continue to have a presence in Washington, D.C. where Partner Jonathan Chambers spearheads the company’s regulatory, federal funding, Federal Communications (FCC) initiatives and other related activities.
“We are thrilled that Conexon has chosen to land, and expand, in Missouri,” Subash Alias, Interim CEO of Missouri Partnership, said. “The new jobs they are bringing to the state are a testament to the hard-working and innovative talent that calls Missouri home. We are looking forward to Conexon’s continued growth and success in Missouri.”