Commissioners approved Resolution 2015-01 at Monday’s county commission meeting, dealing with the funding for the John Deere facility to be built by PrairieLand Partners off Interstate 135 and Moccasin Road.

Commissioners approved Resolution 2015-01 at Monday’s county commission meeting, dealing with the funding for the John Deere facility to be built by PrairieLand Partners off Interstate 135 and Moccasin Road.
This 100,000-square-foot facility will house a dealership, training facility and administrative functions. This will be the largest John Deere facility in America and is expected to create at least 15 jobs with an annual payroll of $1 million. The new facility will replace PrairieLand Partners' existing facility at 1411 Old U.S. Highway 81.
In October, PrairieLand Partners asked the McPherson County Commission to grant $10 million in industrial revenue bonds. This allowed the county to grant the business up to 10 years of property tax abatement.
The county will not have any money invested in the project, as PrairieLand Partners will sell the bonds to other parties. At this time First National Bank in Hutchinson has purchased a number of the bonds. The county has no financial responsibility in the building of the facility.
PrairieLand Partners has become the largest John Deere dealership in south central Kansas and continues to look at growth opportunities in Kansas. The business plans to sell the existing facility.