Workforce training, entrepreneurial growth and business development are focuses for the county. Cowley has long been a leader in plastics manufacturing, aviation and food processing, along with newer, innovative technology based companies that have found great success and support locally.
With companies like Newell Rubbermaid, Westrock, Husky Liners, Inc., and Western Industries Plastics Products Group, all with a strong presence in the local plastics cluster - it's a logical place for the industry to grow.
The healthy state of existing companies, as well as new entrants into the area, is visible with one visit to Cowley County. Schwan's recently completed a $2.2 million sales and distribution center in the Utt Business/Industrial Park in Winfield. Others like Fluid Kinetics, Galaxy Technologies, Reliable Power Products Group, and KanPak testify to the success possible in Cowley County, a semi-rural county that is adjacent to the Wichita metropolitan area.
Cowley County Data
Land Area (square miles) -- 2010
|Total Population -- 2017||35,361|
Average Population Density (per sq. mile) -- 2017
|Median Age 2017||38.5|
|Educational Attainment (Population Age 25+) - 2016|
High School Graduate or Higher
Some College -- No Degree
Bachelor Degree or Higher
|Average 1-Way Commute to Work (minutes) - 2016||18.4|
|Civilian Labor Force -- 2017||16,961|
|Business Establishments -- 2017||801|
Average Annual Pay
Median Household Income - 2016
|Source: Land Area -- 2010 Census; Population Density -- Based on 2010 Land Area and 2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates; Median Age, Educational Attainment, Average Commute Time and Median Household Income -- 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates; Business Establishments, Employees, Average Annual Pay -- Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages; Labor Force Data -- Local Area Unemployment Statistics|
- Creekstone Farms
- GE Engine Services
- Galaxy Technologies
- Western Industries
- Winfield Consumer Products/Husky Liners