Area Development
The distribution subsidiary of International Paper, Xpedx, will relocate its operations center to an $11.9 million, 280,000-square-foot, facility in Edwardsville, Kansas, retaining its 180 employees with plans to hire additional workers.

Kansas Department of Commerce officials said the firm will relocate from Olathe, Kansas, a few miles north to a site at 2552 S. 98th St in Edwardsville, With slightly more than 4,300 residents, Edwardsville, located west of Kansas City and Overland Park, was chosen because of highway access, existing utilities, speed to market and a package of incentives.

The Edwardsville City Council approved an application for industrial revenue bonds, a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes tax abatement, and construction-based sales tax exemptions which paved the way for Xpedx's to build its mega distribution facility.

"Xpedx's choice to relocate to Edwardsville is another example of the economic development collaboration between the City of Edwardsville, the State of Kansas and the Wyandotte Economic Development Council," said Edwardsville Mayor John McTaggart. "We are truly pleased that Xpedx has chosen to not only stay in Kansas, but move to Edwardsville." "This expansion by Xpedx is welcome news and will add to the growing distribution hub forming around the Edwardsville area," said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George.

"Xpedx is a strong company, providing services in a wide variety of industries, and I wish its employees continued success in the future."