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Wichita powers up.

Abundant with natural resources, Wichita boasts a diverse oil and gas sector with over $6.5 billion in annual exports. The region not only has a large number of oil and natural gas wells, but also has two of the state’s three refineries. Recognized as one of the nation’s premier manufacturing centers, the region is quickly growing as a leader in petroleum-based byproduct manufacturing.


Poet Ethanol production facilities

In 2019, wind energy surpassed coal for the first time as the largest energy source for electricity generation in the state of Kansas. Siemens Gamesa operates a manufacturing facility in Hutchinson, near Wichita, which assembles nacelles and hubs, critical components of a wind turbine. Since opening, the facility has completed nearly 5,000 nacelles, shipping to 16 U.S. states, as well as Canada, Chile and Peru. That’s enough to power more than 3.8 million homes or roughly the total number of households in Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska combined.

Kansas ranks fourth in total biomass production, with companies benefiting from economical access to feedstock for bio-based fuels, as well as proximity to feedlots that serve as a market for the animal feed resulting from biofuel byproducts. With 3 million head of cattle on feed in southwest Kansas, biofuel plants can enjoy the cost savings of sending out wet distillers grains to nearby feedlots. In Wichita, Cargill recently invested $90 million to build a state-of-the-art 42,000 square foot biodiesel facility to serve the mid-west and beyond.