Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County and The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) announced today that QC Supply, an international distributor of agricultural goods, will open a new distribution center in Sedalia. The Schuyler, Nebraska based company sells livestock equipment and supplies and provides installation of specific lines of products for livestock and poultry equipment. Mr. Lonnie Kitt is president of the company.
“We are so excited to be here in Sedalia, we’ve been working on this for well over a year, looked at various sites in Missouri, and Sedalia stood out in many ways,” Kitt said. “A progressive community of agriculture that we could be involved with, and we were excited when we learned about Tyson’s and the many opportunities (available), working with them a little closer and some of the other producers.”
The expansion will include a capital investment of $1,120,000 and is expected to bring nine new full-time jobs at an average wage of $35,556 in addition to new Distribution Center Manager, Mr. James Sampson.
Founded in 1982, QC Supply, offers thousands of brand names and a wide variety of products for agriculture, poultry, livestock and commercial use, as well as hard-to-find products. QC Supply also has its own, patented line of clothing (Five Rock), fans (Durafan) and heaters (Scorpion). Customers return to QC for in-house technical support experts trained in a wide variety of products. These experts are able to answer technical questions, aid customers in product selection and support after the sale. This level of customer assistance is a primary differentiator from competitors.
“It started out as a catalogue business and expanded from there. We’ve made some acquisitions in the past few years, but our main revenue is derived from poultry and livestock equipment sales,” Kitt said. “We employ about 150 people, and Sedalia is our eighth location.” The only other QC Supply in Missouri is located in Nevada. “We will cater to some of the livestock and poultry producers here. Some of the projects will bring people into town from a 50- to 150-mile radius of Sedalia,” he noted.
Opening a new distribution center in Sedalia will put QC Supply nearer to some of its major clients. The Sedalia facility, to be located at 2700 South Limit, (in the former Instrumental Influence building) is slated to open in mid-June. Instrumental Influence downsized to a smaller space in the Thompson Hills Shopping Center, it was reported.
EDSPC President Rusty Kahrs thanked the QC Supply reps for coming to Sedalia, adding that he was happy that the company found value in Sedalia, and pledged support from the corporation.
Sedalia Mayor Elaine Horn welcomed the QC Supply entourage to the State Fair City. “We are proud to have you here to able to show you how we can help you and grow and be a great addition to our community,” she said. “We look forward to working with you.”
Pettis County Presiding Commissioner John Meehan noted that at the root of the county’s economic base is agriculture. “And you’re going to compliment that,” he told the QC Supply executives. “So thank you for choosing Pettis County.”
To assist QC Supply with its expansion, the Department of Economic Development has authorized a strategic, performance based, economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.