Thursday, December 13, 2012
Koch Industries has announced plans to expand in Wichita, adding new jobs and constructing a new three-story building.
Koch currently employs more than 2,800 in Wichita, and said Thursday that number will be "significantly increasing." More than 150 positions are currently open at the company.
The new 210,000-square-foot office building will be constructed on the northwest side of the campus, which is located on 37th Street North between Oliver and Hillside, and will accommodate up to 745 employees.
Construction for the new building is set to begin next fall and is expected to be complete by mid-2015.
The construction is the first phase of a long-term master plan to address future growth.
“We have more than a dozen Koch companies with a presence here in Wichita,” said Dave Robertson, president and COO of Koch Industries, Inc. “Our growth has come about as a result of exciting innovations of all kinds. Our goal is to continue this rate of innovation as well as the pursuit of other opportunities and acquisitions. The result of all this is that Koch will create new jobs in Wichita.”
The company will be working with the City of Wichita on plans to reroute 37th Street North about one-quarter mile north of its present location, to be paid for by Koch. There will be no change to intersections at Oliver and Hillside. Construction for the re-route will begin in the spring.