Conexon, a professional consulting company that works exclusively with electric cooperatives to bring fiber to the home in rural communities across the country, has established its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. The company has also launched a full-service NOC, Network Engineering and Technical Support Call Center in the same location to support its clients in broadband deployment and operations.
“I am very excited to welcome Conexon to Missouri,” said Missouri Governor Mike Parson. “Expanding infrastructure is one of my top priorities as Governor, and that includes creating access to high-speed internet throughout the state. Making this crucial improvement will allow rural and urban regions to thrive together, and it will give every Missourian access to being a competitor on state, national, and global levels. Companies like Conexon allow us not only to compete, but to win.”
The company will occupy a 7,600 sq. ft. facility in downtown Kansas City. Conexon currently has 53 employees, and the new facility is expected to add 22 new jobs to the region.
“Our business is rural and Kansas City is in the heart of rural America,” said Randy Klindt, Conexon founder and partner. “Kansas City has a friendly Midwest feel and a growing technology industry. That combined with family and key partners in the area made Kansas City the obvious choice for our headquarters.”
The headquarters will house departments including network design, construction management, network operations, support, sales and marketing. The new facility will also house its state-of-the-art Network Operations Center (NOC), Network Engineering and Call Center support team.
Conexon’s founder led the construction of the first rural gigabit service in the country, which was also the first fiber to the home network constructed to connect 100% of the cooperatives members. They have assisted their cooperative clients, securing more than $200 million in federal and state grants. They continue to advocate for legislative changes to laws and funding criteria.
In 2018, Conexon led the first of its kind Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium bidding group consisting solely of electric cooperatives building fiber networks, in the Connect America Fund II Auction. The group was the largest and most successful bidding consortium in FCC history, securing more than $186 million in public funding for Gigabit-capable networks. Conexon helped bring $46 million of their total winnings for rural broadband to Missouri with their five-participating electric cooperative clients.
“We are thrilled that Conexon has chosen to land, and expand, in Missouri,” said Subash Alias, Interim CEO of Missouri Partnership. “The new jobs they are bringing to the state are a testament to the hard-working and innovative talent that calls Missouri home. We are looking forward to Conexon’s continued growth and success in Missouri.”
For more information on why Missouri could be a prime location to launch or grow your business, contact Subash Alias, Interim CEO of Missouri Partnership, at 314.932.3973 or via our contact form. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have, and show you how Missouri Partnership can help with your business expansion, collaboration and investment needs.