GREAT BEND -- Groundbreaking for a new Great Bend office for farm credit lender American AgCredit is set for 10 a.m. Thursday at the building site, 5634 10th St.
Company officials expect at least 10 people to be employed in the 6,500-square-foot, single-story facility, which is targeted for a December opening, according to a news release. The facility will house lending, appraisal and crop insurance staff.
"We want to make ourselves available to our customers where they need us most," President and CEO Byron Enix stated in the release. "This location will allow us to better connect with all of our area customers throughout the region."
The stone veneered ranch-style structure will feature a reception area, eight private offices, six open area offices, a mail and production room, two conference rooms, and a nearly 1,000-square-foot conference/meeting room that will be available for public use.
The meeting room will feature an attached kitchen and an adjacent fenced patio and receiving area. Driveways will be extra wide to accommodate farm vehicles, and all parking is oversized, with a continuous loop driveway providing excellent access for trucks and trailers.
Sustainable elements include all interior LED lighting, exterior bollard LED lighting, and an energy variable refrigerant flow system that controls heating and cooling, according to the release. Native plants will make up the surrounding landscaping.
The Great Bend location is in a prime central spot, stated Regional Vice President Greg Reno in the release, "providing easy access for our customers throughout central and western Kansas."
Designed by SPT Architecture, the facility will be built by Simpson Construction Services, Wichita.
Founded in 1916, American AgCredit is part of the nationwide Farm Credit System and is the nation's sixth largest Farm Credit cooperative, according to the company. It specializes in providing financial services to agricultural and rural customers throughout California, Nevada, central Kansas, northern Oklahoma, western Colorado and northern New Mexico -- as well as to capital markets customers in 30 states.
Its financial services include production and mortgage financing, equipment and vehicle leasing, crop and life insurance, lines of credit, and the Young, Beginning and Small farmer program. In addition, the association provides interest-free loans for qualifying 4-H and FFA AgYouth programs, as well as college scholarships to young people interested in agriculture.