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 three new projects in Atchison County in the last 4 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.

In addition to dozens of farm-related Atchison County businesses that have thrived for years, the newest addition to our business community 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.

Atchison County's Major Employers

Major Employer

Number Employed

Community Hospital - Fairfax 111
Tarkio R-I School District 79
Rock Port R-II School District 75
Trails End 68
Advanced Pork Systems 65
Pleasant View Nursing Home 60
County of Atchison County 60
Rock Port Telephone & Subsidiaries 52
Tarkio Rehabilitation 47
McDonald's 47
Fairfax R-III School District 45
Black Iron Grill 37
Graybill Tire & Repair 35
Hy-Vee 26
Mo Valley Ag 25
Atchison - Holt Electric Cooperative 21
FC Food Country 21
Gavilon Grain 14
Hurst Greenery 13
Entire Recycling 12
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