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Heinen Brothers Agra Services to expand in Topeka; total economic impact estimated to be $135M

TOPEKA, KANSAS — On December 8, 2021, the Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO) board approved an incentive agreement that will aid in the expansion of Heinen Brothers Agra Services. Heinen Brothers Agra Services uses innovative application methods to offer a full range of agronomic services. Heinen Brothers is also driving the growth of local aviation through superior aircraft maintenance, flight training, aircraft storage, fueling options and service.

Previously referred to as “Project Helix,” this expansion is expected to create up to 20 new jobs with an average wage of $45,000, plus benefits. The total economic impact expected over the next 10 years is $135 million. The performance-based incentive for this project is up to $119,000, resulting in a 324% return on investment.

“We appreciate JEDO’s support and investment, as we are confident it is going to help us advance our operations,” said John Lueger, GIS/contract specialist for Heinen Brothers Agra Services. “Our goal with this investment is to drive business and air-traffic growth at Topeka’s Billard Airport. We feel we can accomplish this through service, superior aircraft maintenance, and fueling options for both permanent and transient aircrafts. We’re excited to see what the future holds.”

“One of the words Topeka is known for now is ‘innovation,’” said Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, JEDO chair. “Heinen Brothers Agra Services is pioneering new approaches to farming and, in doing so, creating jobs and opportunity. I am excited to see this industry take root and grow in the capital city of Kansas.”

“Heinen Brothers Agra Services represents the next frontier in Kansas farming,” said Shawnee County Commissioner Kevin Cook. “Their innovative approach to agronomics, including the use of aviation, will position Shawnee County at the cutting edge of food supply technology. I am thrilled to watch their business expand in our community, introducing new jobs and new career paths to our residents.”

“Agriculture technology is an important area of focus for GO Topeka,” said Molly Howey, president of GO Topeka. “I am confident that the work Heinen Brothers Agra Services plans to do will continue to position Topeka and Shawnee County at the forefront of innovation in this sector, and only grow that sector in the future.”