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MKC Receives Business Excellence Award

Sep 01, 2017

MOUNDRIDGE, KAN. – The Kansas Department of Commerce honored MKC as a Regional Business Award winner in the Service category from the state in recognition of the company’s business achievements with a high level of community support and involvement. The award was presented to only 19 business throughout Kansas as a part of the Commerce Department’s Annual Business Appreciation Program in June. The City of Moundridge nominated MKC for the award.

“This award is an acknowledgment of your business’ outstanding contributions to your community, the state economy and the people of Kansas,” said Sam Brownback in a letter informing MKC of the award. “I offer you my sincere congratulations. Every year, Business Appreciation Month gives us a chance to recognize businesses and entrepreneurs for their leadership which keeps our state and local economies strong. For that, we cannot thank you enough.”

Divided into six regions of the state, the awards program recognizes businesses from nominations submitted across four categories: manufacturing/distribution; service; retail; and hospital/non-profit.  Award qualifications include business expansion in Kansas, successful employee retention and recruitment practices, employee training/educational programs, capital investment in Kansas, and support of local activities including school activities, community events, economic development and leadership programs.

“This process shed new light on our employees, and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this team,” said President and CEO Dave Christiansen. “Our more than 325 employees living in more than 90 different communities are often coaches, mentors, volunteers, church leaders, school board members, and city council representatives. Employees also take it upon themselves to go into the classrooms and teach kids about the importance of agriculture, GMOs and career opportunities within the agricultural industry.”

In addition, Christiansen said MKC is committed to helping rural communities prosper and prepare for tomorrow through financial support. “Developing leaders within our communities, alleviating hunger and enhancing ag education and community safety are just some of the programs that we are proud to support,” Christiansen said.

Over the past ten years, MKC has built four greenfield sites including the Canton Terminal and Sumner County Terminal along with numerous expansions across its’ footprint. According to Christiansen, employee development and training is critical to the organization and includes programs like Dale Carnegie, the Cloud County Community College Leadership Development Program and more.

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