Good News for Right to Work Kansas Economy!

Companies are making major investments in Right to Work Kansas! Simmons Pet Food will soon be expanding in Emporia and Edgerton. Meanwhile, Panasonic Energy is adding a new location in De Soto. Read on in order to find out how much each company is investing, and what it’ll mean for the economy.

Simmons Pet Food:

Simmons Pet Food is expanding in Right to Work Edgerton and Emporia, Kansas with a $115 million investment, creating 177 new jobs.

“Private sector investment and job growth have been at the forefront of Governor Kelly’s economic development strategy since Day 1. […] The state will continue finding ways to encourage great companies like Simmons to expand and hire even more Kansans as we work to accelerate the state’s economic growth rate.” […]

“We are pleased that Simmons Pet Food continues to invest in Emporia by adding this fourth production line. […] This announcement is an outstanding testament to the company’s commitment to its employees and to the entire Emporia area by continuing to add above-average paying jobs. The collaborative effort of all parties involved stand out as an example of what happens when excellent partners work together when businesses consider investments like this one by Simmons.”


Panasonic Energy:

Panasonic Energy is investing $4 billion in order to add a new location in Right to Work De Soto, Kansas. This will also create 4,000 new jobs!

“As the largest private investment in Kansas history and one of the largest EV battery manufacturing plants of its kind in the country, this project will be transformative for our state’s economy, providing in total 8,000 high-quality jobs that will help more Kansans create better lives for themselves and their children.” […]

“Once Governor Kelly signed APEX into law, the state gained the necessary economic development tool to pursue megaprojects that could transform the Kansas economy. […] Panasonic recognized Kansas as not just a contender, but as the ideal partner for this revolutionary project.” […]

“Panasonic Energy made the right choice to select the Kansas City region due to our market’s strengths in EV and tech innovation. […] This announcement, alongside FIFA’s selection of KC as 2026 World Cup host city, our new single-terminal airport coming online and global tech companies investing in the market, reinforces the transformational success our region is having on a global scale.”


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