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From the XD's Desk: Congratulations Veris Technologies

Veris Technologies is the newest business at the Salina Airport Industrial Center and recently opened the firm's newly constructed factory, R&D center and offices. The new truly "state of the art" facility allows Veris employees to produce the world's leading on-the-go soil sensors. Ag producers around the world will benefit from the various Veris products that help improve yield and financial performance. Veris is at the forefront of developing the tools that enable producers to "know their field and grow their yield."


The Salina Airport Authority is looking forward to supporting Veris' future growth. Veris will be a success for years to come.


Tim Rogers, A.A.E.

Executive Director

Salina Airport Authority
Salina Regional Airport
Prime real estate at premier location available now

Industry leaders and entrepreneurs know Salina is an ideal place to set up shop or expand and grow their business.  Located in the center of the continental United States with easy access to Interstates 135 and 70, and adjacent to a 12,300-foot runway; the Salina Airport Authority has numerous development ready lots available for lease and sale now at this premier location.


The Salina Airport Authority has taken the steps to put the necessary infrastructure in place, saving prospective tenants months in construction time, allowing them to set up shop faster.


"They are ready now," explained Tim Rogers, A.A.E., Salina Airport Authority executive director. "Each lot identified as 'development ready' has public street access, city water and sewer, access to fiber optic and commercial internet, Westar electric, Kansas Gas Service and in some places a dedicated city fire main."


Additionally, all lots are already properly zoned and hold environmental site assessments of Phase I or II. Businesses that make the move to Salina are able to do so quicker because a large portion of the work is already done.


"We do the work on the lots to be prepared for new business expansion and attraction," said Rogers. "Corporate real estate staff expect development ready lots in order to start immediate construction. Maintaining an inventory of these sites assists in the growth and economic stability of our community."


All lots designated for aviation business use are located on the already thriving Salina Regional Airport.  Businesses building on these lots will join Bombardier, Avflight Salina, Blue Beacon, Kansas State University Salina, the Kansas Highway Patrol, TDM Aerotek, Schilling Aircraft Services and the Army National Guard at "America's Fuel Stop." Lots have immediate access to the airport's Taxiway G and 12,300-foot primary runway.


Salina offers a ready workforce for aviation industry by virtue of Kansas State University Salina, a Top 5 aviation school, located on the airfield and featuring programs that include Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Aviation Maintenance, Avionics, Professional Pilot, Helicopter Pilot, Airport Management and Mechanical Engineering.


For those lots designated for non-aeronautical use, there is no shortage of workforce training. The Salina Area Technical College is located on the Salina Airport Industrial Center and offers programs that include Welding; HVAC; Machine Tool, Diesel, Electric, Construction, and Environmental Technology as well as multiple other technical and health disciplines.  


Also located on the Salina Airport Industrial Center are Salina Vortex, GE Oil and Gas and the Schwan Food Company to name a few. FedEx Ground and Veris Technologies recently took advantage of development ready lots and recently built new facilities at the airport industrial center.


"We work closely with the City, County and Chamber to make it as comfortable as possible for businesses to grow and locate here," said Rogers. "With the tracts of ground already prepped for construction, a new business can break ground and be up and running in a few short months at an ideal location for success."


Available Real Estate

KSLN welcomes new firefighters


The Salina Airport Authority recently welcomed two new employees to the aircraft rescue firefighting and operations team.


Ryan Zurbek and Cody Williams both come to the airport with associate degrees in fire science from Hutchinson Community College as well as a range of other experiences making them well suited for their current positions.


Zurbek, a 2014 graduate, is pleased have landed his firstfirefighting job at the airport after working for a his grandfather's transmission shop. He enjoys seeing the different types of airplanes and operating the equipment.


"I like that it's a fire-related job with maintence activities," he said. "That way you're always active."


Zurbek won the 2010 Salina Demolition Derby with a compact Pontiac Grand Am.  


Williams graduated from the fire science program in 2006 and has kept himself busy building fences, working on heavy equipment, doing heating and cooling repair and a number of other odd jobs. 

He was drawn to the airport in part because his father worked for Hawker Beechcraft for a number years and because the position has the availability to do both firefighting and maintence.


"I like that it is a job you can learn a lot from and take the information home," he said. 


At home is enjoys "tinkering" on his truck.  And in his spare time he likes to fish and bow hunt.


Welcome aboard!


KWU football player selected as airport PR intern


The Salina Airport Authority welcomed Daniel Moss of San Diego, Calif. as the Spring 2015 public relations intern. Moss will support the efforts of the Airport Authority team, as he completes his bachelor's degrees in public relations and communications from Kansas Wesleyan University.


"I'm excited to learn as much as possible from the Salina Airport Authority," Moss said. "The real-world experiences I am receiving will jumpstart my knowledge and ability to perform in the public relations field."


Moss earned his associate degree in social and behavior science from Grossmont Community College of El Cajon, Calif. before coming to Salina. There he realized his passion for communications and public relations. Currently a senior at KWU, Moss has been placed on the President's Honor Roll each semester and works as a newspaper writer and reporter. During his athletic career at KWU, he was voted a football captain and was place on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-American Football Team. Moss is currently scheduled to receive his bachelor's in May and will pursue a career in public relations.

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Bottle rockets, bridge building, bungee drops
K-State Salina hosts Kansas Science Olympiad


Kansas State University Salina has been helping junior high and high school students bring science to life for almost 20 years. The K-State Salina campus acts as one of five regional locations for Kansas Science Olympiad, a competition consisting of 46 events that focus on biology, physics, chemistry, earth science, technology and inquiry. On Jan. 14, the university welcomed nine area junior high schools and 11 senior high schools for the 2015 competition.


Events range from supporting weight on a bridge constructed with the lightest materials possible to launching rockets made from empty plastic bottles. About one-third of the 46 events changed from the previous year to ensure students are learning new skills. One of the categories, called Wright Stuff, challenges students to design and build their own rubber band powered-airplanes judged on how long they can fly. Don Von Bergen, director of the Salina regional Science Olympiad and head of the arts, sciences and business department at K-State Salina, says this event seems to be a favorite among the spectators and represents a growing industry in which the university has expertise.


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Guard unveils culinary center on SAIC

Tim Unruh

Salina Journal


Soldiers who deal with chow in a mess hall don't have the most glamorous glossary of terms in their daily duties, but the Kansas National Guard has added some pizazz to the title of their training place.


The culinary center is where troops learn how to cook for one to hundreds or more, said Lt. Col. Scott Henry, commander of the the center, located at 3024 Arnold, near Salina Regional Airport.


"This is a very unusual mission," he said Friday on a walk-through tour of the 5,300-square-foot center.


Completed in July, the military school was added to a building that once housed Salina Vortex. Training began during August in the $1.4 million facility, which cost $340,000 to equip.


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Galloway joins Schwans as CFO

Robin Galloway has joined The Schwan Food Company as its executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer. She brings two decades of finance experience with her to the position, having worked for corporations that develop and manufacture foods for both retail stores and food-service operators.


"We are excited to have Robin join our leadership team as she is a proven business leader who will help us execute our business plans moving forward," said Schwan CEO Dimitrios Smyrnios. "Robin's strong experience and knowledge of the food industry will help The Schwan Food Company achieve our goals for profitable growth."Throughout the course of her career, Galloway has gained a wide-ranging knowledge of financial planning and analysis, accounting and reporting, risk management, internal audit, treasury, strategy and information technology with public and private companies. She most recently served as chief financial officer for Wells Enterprises, Inc., and has held leadership positions with companies such as Dean Foods, Restaurants Unlimited and Johnson Controls, Inc.


She earned her master's degree in business administration from Keller Graduate School of Management in Elgin, Illinois, and a bachelor's degree from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. She is licensed as a certified public accountant.

Galloway is succeeding Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Jim Dollive, who will be retiring from The Schwan Food Company after an accomplished 30-plus-year career in the food industry.


Story by Business Wire

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