Employment in Cowley County
Manufacturing, healthcare and education are the top three employment sectors in Cowley County. Growing businesses including Fortune 500 manufacturing companies, expanding healthcare facilities, and a wide range of educational institutions and public safety affiliates — employment opportunities abound.
Consistently ranked in the Top-10 Kansas counties for manufacturing jobs, positions for all skill sets are available. In high demand are machinists, manufacturing and molding technicians, welders and production workers.
Home to South Central Kansas Medical Center, William Newton Hospital and a multitude of healthcare clinics, there is a need for physicians, specialists and support staff. Paramedics, firefighters and EMTs are also in high demand.
Low unemployment rate, higher than average median income, stable local economy and low cost of living are a few examples of why Cowley Works!
Resources to Get Connected
The following links are great resources for community information:
Chamber of Commerce
The Chambers of Commerce provide information for new residents:
Find local job listings at the following sites:
Visit local employment and human resource agencies:
- The Arnold Group – 1214 Main St. Winfield (620) 221-7100, open weekdays 8 am – 5 pm; Map
- Cowley Workforce Center – 108 E. 12th, Winfield (620) 221-7790, open Mon & Wed 9 am – noon & 1 – 4 pm; Map
Search for employment, local events and news:
Doing Business in Cowley County
Cowley County has a reputation for having a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Successful manufacturing businesses such as Winfield Consumer Products, makers of Husky Liners; Robotzone, globally recognized for robot parts for industrial applications and hobby robotics; Galaxy Technology, a production tooling manufacturer; RPPG, burners and combustion systems manufacturer; and S and Y Industries, circuit board engineering and production, all started as grassroots efforts right here in Cowley County.
These businesses are perfect pairings with other manufacturing giants located in Cowley County, which include GE Engines, Newell Rubbermaid, KanPak, West Rock, Creekstone Premium Beef, ADM Milling, Morton Buildings, Western Industries, Webster Engineering, Columbia Elevators, Greif Bros. and Fluid Kinetics ICM.
With plenty of room for business attraction, development and growth, Cowley County has the distinct advantage of being home to four industrial parks encompassing 2,000 acres of industrial space. Driven by Ark City Industries, Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development, and Winfield Economic Development, local assistance, resources and programs support the expansive manufacturing growth experienced in Cowley County.
In Cowley County, an emphasis is placed on workforce training and professional development. In addition to the technical and professional offerings of Cowley College and Southwestern College, Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development hosts courses and workshops throughout the year to develop workforce skills that best suit local employers’ needs.
Due to the high demand of workers in Cowley County, an annual Cowley County Job Fair is hosted by Cowley First in the early spring.
Other workforce needs are met by the Cowley Workforce Center located in Winfield, a one-stop resource center for employment and training services.
Cowley works — Cowley Works for You!
Links for local employment information:
- Kansas Works
- Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas
- Life Style Staffing
- The Arnold Group
- The Cowley CourierTraveler Jobs Section
Job & Skill Development
What do business owners have to say about Cowley County?
“The residents of Cowley County served by Wheat State Telephone are always a priority to the company and our goal continues to be providing upto date communications and the exceptional customer service.”
— Randy Hoffman, Wheat State Telephone
“Rhonda (my wife) and I are proud to live and work here, and we challenge anyone to find a better place to raise a family.”
— Mike Walker, United Agency
“We are blessed to have found what I consider to be the best location in the state to work, raise a family, and retire!”
— Renee Price, PharmD, Graves Drug
“It is exciting to be a part of a growing company that encourages employees to continually grow and reach their full potential, a company that is involved in and gives back to the community, and a company that is committed to providing high quality products.”
— Ed Boyington, Galaxy Technologies President & CEO
“I have been a business owner in Winfield for the past 16 years. Winfield has such a feeling of community, support and outreach for one another. As a business owner this has given me such a sense of pride to be able to help others that have given so much of themselves to this wonderful town I call home. If I had it to do over again…I would choose Winfield!”
— Tracie Gordon, ReJuvv’ Spa