KB Complete, Inc. technicians rarely find themselves ill equipped while on the job. Each tech, some of whom have been with KB for 20 years, venture to homes inside vehicles stocked with a plethora of parts and fixtures for a variety of systems. This hoard of parts enables them to solve most repair issues on the spot, saving homeowners the hassle of running to the closest supply store. If a new system is needed to replace old machinery, staff members can journey to homes and install brand new HVAC systems. Technicians and their amply stocked vehicles solve customers' heating and cooling concerns 24-hours a day.
Clark's Tool & Equipment opened in the 1970s as a discount tool shop, but when Don Gamble took the helm, he swapped out the supply of inexpensive outlet supplies to feature quality, American-made tools. Since then, the single shop has blossomed into four retail stores and a 15,000-square-foot warehouse stocked with a full line of brands such as SK Hand Tools, Ingersoll Rand, and Eagle Industries. The emporium of tools is an authorized supplier to industry students and teachers with a strong clientele in the rail, trucking, and manufacturing sectors.
Clark's catalog of tools and accessories includes hand tools, electric tools, and abrasives that summon the steady hands and keen eyes of everyone from industrial veterans to DIY enthusiasts. Safety equipment, tool accessories, and compressors are available to round out every toolbox with the appropriate fixings. Expert technicians also sharpen dulled blades, saws, and gardening tools and bring damaged or broken power tools back to life with skilled repair services.
Since they first started tinkering in a garage shop more than 25 years ago, partners Bill Anderson and JD McGhee have grown their hobby into a full-blown business that boasts a 46,000-square-foot facility, a state-of-the-art metal shop, and a staff of rigorously trained technicians. Computerized dispatch trucks travel to homes in need as their experts handle heating or air-conditioning conundrums with courteous, efficient service. Uniformed technicians behave professionally and wear shoe coverings in the house or risk incurring the wrath of Lynn (reachable by phone at 913-752-9234), who will ensure the trip charge for that visit is waived. LBA can also send master electricians and plumbers to fix home issues or speak with homeowners about installing cost-saving geothermal or solar energy systems. Bill and JD also use their talents to contribute to the community when they can, providing two pro-bono service appointments to an area cancer patient during the humid days of August.
Bob Hamilton still remembers the thrill of his 6th birthday, when he unwrapped a box filled with wrenches, saws, and other tools handpicked by his father, a plumber. After years of fixing pipes and stomping koopas at his father's side, Bob fulfilled a childhood dream and founded his own business in 1983.
Two decades later, Bob’s team of uniformed technicians continues to travel throughout the Kansas City area, repairing pipes, heaters, air conditioners, and other mutinous home appliances. Plumbers in tool-stocked trucks roll up to homes, ready to tackle frozen pipes, leaky faucets, and bigger jobs, such as sewer-line replacement and gas-line installation. Technicians also repair and install new heaters and outfit homes with programmable air conditioners. The crew remains on call 24 hours a day in case there are after-hours emergencies or polar bears attempting to hibernate in your newly cooled living room.
Recycle Pink KC's customers are fairly recognizable––they're the ones with the bright pink recycling bins at the end of their driveways. Those bins are specifically for recyclable materials such as electronics and glass items, which the Recycle Pink team will pick up and separate to save them from landfills. As for those pink bins, they aren't just for show, as a portion of Recycle Pink KC's proceeds gets donated to the Cancer Action Center.
In the center of the Juniper Gardens public housing project, in the heart of Kansas City, Kansas, sits an 8-acre farm. Every day, refugees from Burma, Iraq, and Bhutan work quarter-acre plots to grow radishes, potatoes, and herbs, according to an article in the Pitch. But their time in the fields is just one aspect of their journey. Biweekly, they attend problem-solving sessions where they communicate in agriculture shorthand and work with seed packets labeled with pictures. They also attend workshops on organic techniques, small-business management, marketing, and record keeping. After completing the training program, these farmers have the skills to earn meaningful income and have healthy food for their families.
But Cultivate Kansas City has goals larger than this plot. The organization encourages urban farming as a way to grow and deliver fresh produce to neighborhoods throughout the city. It works with many partners to support urban food production and runs the Gibbs Road and the Juniper local vegetable farms to get produce out to the neighborhoods.
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