Kansas mowing equipment company Excel Industries will add 200 jobs in Edgerton

Excel Industries of Hesston, Kan., will expand at Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton.
Excel Industries of Hesston, Kan., will expand at Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton. The Wichita Eagle

Excel Industries, which manufactures consumer and commercial mowing equipment, plans to open a plant in the Kansas City area that will create 200 jobs.

The Hesston, Kan., company will expand to Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton. Excel said in Thursday’s announcement that the facility will initially include warehousing and distribution space and eventually will be used for manufacturing an existing product line.

Excel said it considered several cities, including Nashville, Indianapolis and Oklahoma City, before selecting the sprawling 1,500-acre Logistics Park in south Johnson County. The park, anchored by BNSF Railway’s intermodal facility, is a NorthPoint Development Co. project.

Other details about the expansion were not available.

Excel, founded in 1960, is a third-generation family-owned business. The company’s mowing products, which include golf course equipment, are sold through the Hustler Turf Equipment and BigDog Mower Co. brands.

Its products are sold in more than 30 countries. In 2013, Excel won the Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year award.

“We are excited about the possibility of making Kansas City the primary distribution center for our products,” said Bob Mullet, Excel’s vice president. “It puts us closer to the geographic center of our customers, and the strength of Kansas City as a national distribution point will allow us to serve our dealers in a more timely and cost-efficient manner.”

Excel also said in the announcement that it expects to hire more employees at its Hesston headquarters during the next several years as it adds product lines.

Logistics Park has added several other tenants in recent months. One of them is Kubota Tractor Corp., which will officially open its 765,000-square-foot distribution facility Tuesday. The distribution hub for Kubota parts and equipment is expected to lead to 100 jobs by the end of 2015.

Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas is expected to attend Kubota’s grand opening event.