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.
Fairfax Festival: B25-D Mitchell Bomber Homecoming on 10/7/21
After a one-year hiatus due to Covid, the 6th annual Fairfax Festival will be held at Kaw Point Park on Oct 7, 2021 3:30-6:30 p.m. (rain date is Oct 6 same time). In addition to the usual live music, beer & wine garden, local food, raffles, lawn game tournament and historical boat rides, we are excited to have the North American B25-D Mitchell Bomber plane (built in Fairfax during WWII) will be flying in for the festival and will do a flyover at 4 p.m. at the Fairfax Festival. There will be opportunities to meet the B25-D pilots and….Rosie Riveters. (Rosie the Riveter was a cultural icon of World War II, representing the women who worked in factories and shipyards and produced war supplies during World War II). There are also sponsorship opportunities available.
Thank you to our 2021 Festival Sponsors
Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors:Click here to learn about a Platinum Sponsorship >>
Thank you to our Limited Sponsors:Click here to learn about a Limited Sponsorship >>
Thank you to our Gold Sponsors:
If you're interested in a Gold Sponsorship, click here.
Thank you to our Silver Sponsors:Click here to learn more about a Silver Sponsorship >>
Thank you to our Bronze Sponsors:KC Abrasive Click here to learn more about a Bronze Sponsorship >>
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 >>