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QC Supply officially opens

August 21, 2013

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By Randy Kirby
Managing editor

QC Supply, an international distributor of agricultural goods, was officially welcomed to Sedalia with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 21 at 2700 South Limit Court, the former location of Instrumental Influence.

City, county and state officials attended the brief ceremony, along with members of EDSPC and the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Schuyler, Nebraska based company founded in 1982, 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 were really interested in the Sedalia location because of the livestock in the area, the poultry, the turkeys, the chickens, the swine — we sell to these people, we sell and install a lot of computerized systems to control ventilation. We install feeding systems, lighting and watering systems,” Kitt explained. “Anything that goes inside to help the birds, swine, and in some cases cattle, to grow quicker, faster, keep them more comfortable; that’s what we specialize in. There’s a lot of automation in today’s producers’ buildings.”

Employees are trained to program and fix computer systems, as well as design entire feeding systems, Kitt noted.

The expansion includes 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. Currently, the Sedalia store employs seven or eight people. “We envision five or six  more in the next couple of years,” Kitt added. “We really feel we’ll bring revenue to Sedalia, and bring people into town that nay have gone another direction.  We feel we’ll pull (customers) from an 80- to 90-mile radius of Sedalia.”

Overall, QC Supply employs 150 people in eight locations. The only other QC Supply in Missouri is located in Nevada. The Sedalia store, which also includes a warehouse, was originally expected to open by mid-June, it was noted.

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 catalog 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 on May 9, when the expansion to Sedalia was made public.

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. Kitt gave a special thanks to the EDSPC for their efforts in bringing the business to Sedalia. “They’ve done a terrific job and helped us every step of the way,” he said.

QC Supply is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Call (660) 851-0894. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.

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