Welcome to the Fairfax Industrial Association
Our association represents businesses in the Fairfax business district in Kansas City, KS.
FAIRFAX PROUD: Many do not know the historical significance of Fairfax. The Fairfax District is believed to be the first planned industrial district in the country and currently houses over 130 businesses, employs over 10,000 people and generates over $5.4 billion in annual sales. Business sizes range from very small, one- employee businesses, to large companies, employing more than 3,500 people. Many are world famous: the Fairfax Kellogg’s plant makes nearly 75% of all of the Cheez-Its, CertainTeed is the largest insulation manufacturing plant in the world, Owens Corning makes the famous Pink Panther insulation and The Fairfax General Motors Assembly Plant is the only plant making the Chevrolet Malibu. Between the 3 Pipe Line Companies (Magellan, Phillips & Exxon), 95% of the Kansas City metropolitan area’s supply for unleaded gasoline and diesel and 100% of the jet fuel comes out of Fairfax.
The Fairfax District embraces 2,000 acres in a central location of the Kansas City metro area. The district was founded in 1922. The Fairfax Industrial Association, FIA, was established in 1951. The FIA has a board of 12 members representing businesses within the Fairfax District. The FIA Executive Director reports to the FIA board and serves as the liaison between businesses, the FIA board and FIA partners through various platforms including FIA luncheons, newsletters, email blasts, public letters, website and one-on-one meetings.
FIA partners include the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, the KCK PD, the Board of Public Utilities, the Fairfax Drainage District, the Historic Midtown Northeast Association, the KCK Chamber, the Union Pacific Railroad, and the Wyandotte Economic Development Council.
The FIA is supported through resident business memberships and associate memberships. The association works specifically to address the Fairfax business needs and betterment of the district.
2020 Fairfax Festival
After much review and discussion, the festival planning committee has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s festival. Originally scheduled for 10/8/2020, the impact of the pandemic has left us with no other alternative, especially since it takes much time to plan such a large event and the infection numbers continue to be on the rise.
If you did purchase a sponsorship, you will be given the opportunity to apply it to next year’s festival or you can contact Rachel Chambers for a refund.
Should things change and current restrictions are lifted, we will explore options for an event with live music and lawn games, so keep 10/8 on your calendar. We will notify you on this site as well as on email and social.
Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support.
Luncheons / Events:
With the exception of July, October and December, luncheons typically fall on the second Thursday of the month, featuring a variety of keynote speakers and topics. It’s also a good opportunity to network and bring FIA members together.
Given the current pandemic, we have gone virtual with Zoom-based luncheons. Click here to view our calendar. All luncheons are recorded and made available on the FIA site as well as on our social media channels.
Sponsorship Opportunities: Looking to promote your business at a luncheon? There are also many sponsorship opportunities available. Click here to learn more >>