Shawnee business incentive program lures Basehor freight company to city

A freight company from Basehor is moving to Shawnee and credits the Shawnee Entrepreneurial & Economic Development (SEED) forgivable loan program, among other things, for attracting it to the city.

TallGrass Freight Co. LLC will be leasing a 20,000-square-foot facility at 8245 Hedge Lane Terrace, off Kansas Highway 7, and plans to open its doors by March. The company is also the recipient of a SEED forgivable loan through the city to help offset construction and new equipment purchases.

David Barnes, TallGrass’ chief operating officer and co-owner, said the city’s SEED loan program was a big reason why the company picked Shawnee. The city will be giving the company $12,000 through the forgivable loan program.

“That money goes a long way,” Barnes said. “From the cost of forklifts to other equipment we need to get going, that money definitely helps us.

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