A new business selling Pioneer seeds will become the second occupant of the Great Plains Industrial Park.

Kaleb Nickell, owner of Nickell Seed and Agronomy Service, plans to locate his start-up business in a 4,080-square-foot building at 1886 22500 Road he is leasing from the Great Plains Development Authority. The building also is known as Building 201 from its use in the former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, where Great Plains Industrial Park is located.

Nickell said his business will sell Pioneer seeds throughout Labette County and a portion of Neosho County. He will store seeds in a warehouse portion of the building he is leasing and also will have his office there. Eventually he will add crop consulting and soil testing.

Nickell said he chose the location in the new industrial park because Great Plains officials are easy to work with and the location is secure.

“This is a perfect setup for me, and after I get some work done on the building I plan to have an open house so people can see where I’m located,” Nickell said in a prepared statement from Great Plains.

While Great Plains is a gated industrial park, it does accommodate special events for tenants and will be able to accommodate tenant customers and visitors.

Nickell Seed and Agronomy Service is the second private tenant to sign a lease at the fledgling industrial park.

“We are really excited to have Kaleb join us at the park. It always takes a while to get the ball moving on a project this size, and Kaleb is helping us do that by choosing this as his new location,” Great Plains CEO Daniel Mann said in the statement.

Nickell is a native of Yates Center and obtained an undergraduate degree from Pittsburg State University in biology and a graduate degree in plant physiology. He and his wife, Sara, have a daughter, Harper, and are expecting twins later this year. Nickel can be reached by phone at (620) 496-5482.

Progress Rail Services Corp. was the first private entity to lease property at Great Plains. Progress, owned by Caterpillar Inc., is one of the largest integrated and diversified suppliers of railroad and transit system products and services worldwide. The company offers railcar storage and repair at Great Plains.

Day and Zimmermann Inc., the former contract-operator of the KAAP, owns land inside Great Plains that was transferred directly to the company from the Army. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism also owns the Grand Osage Wildlife Area at the former ammunition plant.

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