Kansas City Animal Health Corridor welcomes new companies to Olathe and Lee's Summit

The KC Animal Health Corridor has added two new companies, with Maxxam Analytics and Companion Animal Health announcing plans to open new facilities in the metro area at the KC Animal Health Corridor Homecoming Dinner Monday night. 

Maxxam Analytics, a leading North American provider of food and environmental testing services, has opened a 3,000 square foot food testing laboratory at Kansas State University Olathe

"Maxxam is proud of our ongoing partnership with Kansas State University Olathe as we provide food testing- an essential component of the animal nutrition industry - to the list of services provided in the KC Animal Health Corridor," said Donna Garbutt, CEO of Maxxam Analytics.

With more than 50 years of expertise, Maxxam looks to establish itself as the clear choice for analytical food testing within the Animal Health Corridor for both existing and new business partners. The company will test a new delivery model for its products to expand nationwide.

"K-State Olathe's partnership with Maxxam will have many benefits for Greater Kansas City's workforce and for pets everywhere," said Ralph Richardson, dean and CEO of K-State Olathe. " Maxxam is helping ensure that our pets are consuming safer food, creating new jobs in Olathe and helping usher in a more skilled workforce for the region."

In addition, Companion Animal Health, a Delaware-based provider of therapeutic solutions to the veterinary industry, announced plans to open a regional office and training center for the company's rehabilitation and diagnostic services in Lee's Summit at 657 S.E. Bailey Road. 

"Companion Animal Health is a perfect 'companion' to the Lee's Summit community," said Lee's Summit EDC President Rick McDowell. "Recent market studies of our business landscape identified that the Lee's Summit business and educational ecosystem was ripe for the expansion of animal health and health related companies, so we are thrilled about this announcement."

The Kansas City Area Development Council provided project assistance to both Maxxam Analytics and Companion Animal Health for their expansions. Partners for the Companion Animal Health facility included the State of Missouri, the Lee's Summit Economic Development Council, the City of Lee's Summit, KCP&L, and the KC Animal Health Corridor. 

Partners for the Maxxam Analytics project included the State of KansasKansas Department of CommerceKansas State University OlatheOlathe Chamber of Commerce, KCP&L, and the KC Animal Health Corridor.

“This year’s Global Animal Health Week celebrated the success we can all share when we work as ONE. New company and job attraction is one of those benefits that we are proud to share with our Corridor partners,” said Kimberly Young, president of the KC Animal Health Corridor. “We look forward to the new connections that will come from the expertise of Maxxam Analytics and Companion Animal Health, as well as the many other animal health companies that chose to invest in the Corridor over the last year.”

Companies with a business location in the KC Animal Health Corridor account for more than half of the sales generated by the global animal health industry. The Corridor is anchored by Manhattan, Kansas, and Columbia, Missouri and is home to more than 300 animal health companies representing the largest concentration of animal health assets in the world. 

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