A1 A1

The Atchison Chamber of Commerce “Parade of Lights” will start at 5:30pm, December 4th. The parade will be along Commercial Street in the downtown area of Atchison. To enter the parade there is no fee. All entries must be submitted by December 3rd.


News
top story
MGP continues to grow
  • Updated

In 1941 Cloud L. Cray Sr. purchased a business to produce industrial alcohol for use during WWII. That business was based in Atchison, Kansas. Through the years the business thrived with Cloud Cray Sr. at the helm. In 1962 Cray Sr. welcomed his son Cloud “Bud” Cray as his successor as president of the company. Bud had three daughters, Susan, Cathy, and Karen. Karen would take after her father with interest in the company that was called Midwest Grain Products, or MGP, as it is known today.

Karen Seaberg and CEO Gus Griffin had been a guiding light during past years, but CEO Gus Griffin announced his retirement. A search was launched within consumer products industries for his replacement. Dave Colo – who had been on MGP’s board since 2015 and had experience running consumer product companies – was named as the new President and CEO of MGP. Seaberg remains chairman of the Board for MGP.

Dave Colo grew up on a farm in Illinois. He credits his father with his sense of entrepreneurship. In addition to running the family farm, his father owned a railroad contracting business as well as an excavation contracting business.

The younger Colo learned the business quickly. Early in his career, he worked for the Federal Land Bank, Nestle Purina as well as Conagra Brands. His introduction to the alcohol business came with his role as an investor and board member of an ethanol company.

Under Colo, a five-year plan was put together to lead MGP into its next phase of growth.

Even the best plans could not account for the event of November 2020. MGP experienced a fire at its Atchison facility which damaged feed drying equipment and caused a loss of production temporarily. The replacement dryer system has been substantially completed and is now undergoing an operational start-up phase.

The fire did not slow down the company from getting back on track to following the strategic plan Colo has put forth. Colo’s plan for MPG was to diversify and add to the Branded Spirits portfolio. The cost of continuing to invest in MGP’s spirits brands was too high, so Colo decided to look within the industry to find a partner to provide scale and growth opportunities within branded spirits.

With the acquisition of St. Louis — based Luxco in April of 2021, a leader in branded spirits, a stable of already recognizable names was added to the existing MGP brands. The acquisition expanded manufacturing and distribution capabilities with two whiskey distilleries in Kentucky; a Tequila distillery in Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico, with a joint venture partner; and bottling facilities in St. Louis, Missouri; Cleveland, Ohio; and Derry, Northern Ireland. “Our Branded Spirits segment results continued to exceed expectations this quarter,” commented Colo in the third quarter 2021 earnings report.

On the distillery product front, the American Whiskey category remains robust and is anticipated to grow 5% to 7% industrywide over the next several years. Colo also added that the “cocktail culture” is driving consumers to purchase premium and ultra-premium spirits, which aligns well with MGP’s focus. MGP’s distilleries have the capability to produce a variety of bourbons, rye whiskeys, vodka, and gins. MGP also continues to produce industrial alcohol, which is used in many foods, personal care, and pharmaceutical applications.

With significant total company growth over the past several quarters, the company is looking to the future in other areas. One is plant-based nutrition for consumers seeking a healthier lifestyle. MGP’s plant-based proteins and starches provide fiber and protein enhancement in many baked goods, pasta, and snack foods. The company is also focused on growing its texturized protein business as consumers continue to seek plant-based alternatives to meat.

Another area of investment is the purchase of the former Inclusion Technologies facility here in Atchison. MGP expects to add ingredient manufacturing capabilities within the facility over the next two to three years to support the anticipated growth of the business.

MGP now has employment companywide of 619.

“Our three business segments are uniquely aligned with strong consumer trends, which we believe will create long-term and sustainable shareholder value,” Colo says. “The Atchison workforce is an important and valued part of the company’s future.”

Information contributed by MGP


News
top story
Sapphire Spider holds grand opening
  • Updated

Tattoo Artist Holly Bottorff along with family, friends, and Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce members, Chamber Ambassadors, and City of Atchison officials recently gathered for a noontime ribbon cutting at The Sapphire Spider Tattoo Parlor.

The ribbon-cutting was Friday, Nov. 19 at the parlor, 1002 Commercial Street, followed by the grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 20 that included a meet and greet with the Bottorffs.

The day was a big thrill for Bottorff who not only opened the first tattoo parlor in Atchison but is also now the city’s youngest business owner.

“This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid,” Bottorff said. “It’s a real honor to open the first tattoo parlor in Atchison and to receive the positive support I have from the community.”

Mayor Abby Bartlett was in attendance for the ribbon cutting and is looking forward to how The Sapphire Spider will impact Atchison.

“I love that Holly was able to bring her gifts right back here to her hometown,” Bartlett said. “The shop is one of a kind and I’m excited about how it will impact Atchison.”

Bottorff said she’s proud to bring the new shop to Atchison after not always getting the best support from some about the idea.

“I haven’t always gotten the best of feedback on the idea from some but I never gave up pursuing my goal,” Bottorff said. “Bringing this shop to Atchison is a big deal to me.”


News
Neighborhood Revitalization Plan Part III
  • Updated

The specifications of the properties eligible for revitalization in this Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRA) include new construction, rehabilitation of existing structures, and additions to existing structures provided the improvements meet the investment threshold and are legally permitted by applicable zoning regulations and building codes within the NRA.

All residential projects involving the construction or rehabilitation of a structure are eligible for inclusion in the program, provided there is an investment of at least $5000. Eligible projects include single-family dwellings, duplex dwellings, or multi-family residential dwellings. Exclusion from that list is swimming pools, communication towers, residential fences, used mobile homes, commercial wind or solar structures, and properties classified as Public Utilities.

Within any “Target Area,” Commercial, Agricultural, or Industrial improvements are eligible for participation in the program, provided there is an investment of at least $5000. This includes all agricultural construction, commercial construction, whether of a new office, institutional or industrial projects, rehabilitation of existing structures, and additions to existing structures.

In any “Non-Target Area,” Commercial, Agricultural, or Industrial improvements are eligible for participation in the program provided there is an investment of at least $10,000. This includes all agricultural construction, commercial construction, whether of a new office, institutional, or industrial projects, rehabilitation of existing structures, and additions to existing structures.

For the purposes of determining program eligibility, the County Appraiser shall consider not only the amount of money expected to be expended in the project but all unpaid labor, commonly known as “sweat equity,” included in the project proposal.

The criteria to be used to determine what specific real property is eligible for Revitalization and Property Tax Rebates are as follows:

Eligibility for Rebates is subject to the adoption and approval of this Plan by each taxing district. The County Clerk will provide the County Appraiser’s office with a list of taxing districts that have adopted this Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.

The amount of the rebate applies only to the levy of those taxing districts who have adopted this plan, not to the entire tax bill. For example, there will be no rebate of that portion of the tax bill levied by the State of Kansas, nor taxes levied by any Cemetery District, Fire District, Watershed District, Library, or other taxing authority not participating in this Plan. There will be no rebate for special assessments, even those assessed by a municipality participating in this Plan.

There will be no rebate from the Capital Outlay Levy by any Board of Education pursuant to K.S.A. 72-53,113.

No applicant having delinquent real, personal or special assessment taxes due in Atchison County will be eligible to participate in this program.

Any property delinquent real property taxes or special assessments shall not be eligible for inclusion in the program until such time as all real property taxes and special assessments have been paid.

Additionally, taxes on all real property owned by the Applicant must remain current during the term of the rebate.

No rebate shall be paid for any year in which any ad valorem property tax assessment and ‘or special assessments are not timely made. The property shall be eligible for future rebates, provided all taxes are timely paid by the deadline in the future year.

An approved project must involve the construction or rehabilitation of a “Structure.” Projects may involve either new construction or rehabilitation of existing structures. “Structure” includes any building, wall, or other fixture assimilated and attached to the real estate. Any proposed project which does not lend itself to obvious inclusion within the above meaning should be cleared with the office of the County Appraiser prior to application.

New Structure is defined as free-standing with no common walls

Rehabilitation is defined as improvements to an existing structure and/or attached to an existing structure.

New garages are categorized as “new” whether detached or attached to an existing structure.

All room additions are classified as “remodel.”

There is a minimum investment needed in order to qualify for the program. For purposes of determining program eligibility, the County Appraiser shall consider not only the amount of money expected to be expended in the project but also unpaid labor, commonly known as “sweat equity,” included in the project proposal.

10. Swimming pools, communication towers, residential fences, used mobile homes, commercial wind or solar structures, and properties classified as Public Utilities, are excluded.

11. In order to be eligible, project construction must begin during the term of the Plan. Unless this Plan is terminated or modified, construction must commence on or after November 1, 2021, and before October 31, 2029. Projects commenced before October 31, 2029, shall be eligible for inclusion in the Plan, provided the project is timely completed.

12. Those applications approved during the term of the Plan will continue to be eligible to receive the tax rebate as set forth herein, even after the end of the Plan.

13. Construction of an improvement may only begin AFTER final approval of the application as set forth in Part IX. There will be no exceptions.

14. Properties are eligible to receive multiple rebates under the Program provided each of the projects meets the requirements of that Plan.

15. All projects must be in compliance with any applicable Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Regulations, or other applicable code, rule, or regulation in effect within its location at the time the improvements are made. Such Parcel must remain in compliance during the entire period of the rebates. Tax rebates may be denied or terminated for noncompliance with this paragraph.

16. Construction must be 100% completed and such fact reported to the County Appraiser no later than the second January 1st following the date on which the County Appraiser approved the application, otherwise, improvements made, if any, will not be eligible to participate in the Plan and Rebate Program. Approved extensions beyond that period will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

17. Tax rebates will be based on the “Increment” of increase in appraised value directly attributable to the project, determined as of January 1st following the year of 100% completion. The amount of the Increment determined as of January 1st following the year of 100% completion will be used throughout the term of the rebate.

18. This rebate program cannot be utilized by a property owner in which to immediately rebuild a structure after a natural disaster covering the majority of any taxing district.


Back