While Atchison County's major employers are in the education and health care fields, our business-friendly environment has encouraged the growth of agriculture-related businesses, wind energy, and technology in recent years.
Wind energy has produced multiple projects in Atchison County in the last several years. Wind Capital Group established two wind farms near Rock Port: Loess Hills & Cow Branch. Iberdola Renewables, a Spanish-based company, dedicated the Farmers City wind farm just north of Tarkio in 2010. Rock Creek Wind Project, located in eastern Atchison County, began construction in the fall of 2016.
In addition to dozens of ag-related Atchison County businesses that have thrived for years, a recent agribusiness in our county is Gavilon Grain, located in Phelps City. This state-of-the-art facility is the largest grain elevator between Omaha, NE and Kansas City, MO, and is capable of handling a 130-car train and dumping trucks at 75,000 bph through 4 truck receiving pits. Gavilon is able to load rail cars at 80,000 bph.