Today the Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO) board approved an incentive agreement to aid in the growth and expansion of J-Six Enterprises, Parent Company of Fairview Mills.

GO Topeka confirmed that the expansion, previously referred to as “Project Central,” is expected to produce up to 50 new full-time jobs, with an average yearly wage of $40,000, including benefits, over the next five years. Capital investment includes building and facility expenditures and employee training programs of $9.5 million. The total economic impact expected in the next 10 years is $150 million.

“I want to take a moment to thank JEDO and GO Topeka for all the support they’ve given us thus far in the expansion of our business in the Topeka area,” said Jason Hammes, special projects manager, J-Six Enterprises, Parent Company of Fairview Mills. “This project will allow us to expand our opportunities as a company to human-grade pet food operation in Topeka, Kansas. We’re excited about the capabilities that Topeka brings already to our team and how this will continue in the future.”

"It’s exciting to see J-Six Enterprises expand in Topeka & Shawnee County,” said Shawnee County Commissioner Kevin Cook. “This project promises new specialized jobs and a promising economic impact of $150 million in the next 10 years.”

"This is another great example of how Topeka & Shawnee County its growing the animal health ecosystem, locally and regionally,” said Katrin Bridges, senior vice-president of innovation, GO Topeka. “I’m thrilled to learn more about the new facility and job prospects this project will offer this community and the overall industry.”

“This project is a win for the Capital City, especially considering its growing role in the Animal Health Corridor,” said Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla. “Projects like this will help us grow as an innovative and diverse business community.”

Molly Howey, president of GO Topeka said, “We anticipate great things from this project: growth and development in our workforce; a powerful economic impact; and new partnerships within the community.”

The JEDO approved performance-based incentive for this project is up to $284,000.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Bob Ross at Bob.Ross@TopekaPartnership.com.