Researchers at The Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University say the Kansas economy is growing at a slower rate than the nation as a whole.
Their report says the number of jobs in the state has grown one percent so far this year and isn't keeping up with the growth of the labor force. The jobless rate in Kansas rose to 5.9 percent in August.
The largest growth forecast for 2014 is expected to be in the service sectors. Education and health services are expected to add more than 4,200 jobs.
The company plans to build a 50,000-square-foot facility in Hesston and says it will employ more than 20 full-time workers within its first year. GVL's main plant and headquarters are in Litchfield, Minn., where it employees 40 people. The Hesston location will be the company's second plant.