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Kansas City Equipment Company was started in the early 1950’s by two Elliott Turbine salesmen. It was incorporated in December 1959. In the early 1960’s a Fluor cooling tower engineer and an American Standard salesman bought the company. In 1980 Larry Smith became a one-third owner with the balance of the ownership changing in 1985 when Mike Koontz became an equal owner. In 2006 Larry Smith took full ownership of the company. In 2012, Greg Else and Gregg Kaifes took over ownership of Kansas City Equipment Company when Larry Smith retired.


Kansas City Equipment has traditionally provided representation for utility oriented products - typically large capital equipment and the related parts and service. Kansas City Equipment generally covers a four-state area, which includes Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. Our customers include:


  • Consulting Engineers (Bibb Engineers & Architects, Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Kiewit, LD&B, Power Engineers, and Affiliated Engineers)

  • Utilities (Ameren/UE, Associated Electric, Evergy - Kansas City Power & Light/Westar Energy, OPPD, NPPD, Mid-American Energy and numerous municipal utilities)

  • OEM's (Cleaver Brooks, Nooter/Eriksen, IHI)

  • Industrial Users (refineries, cement plants, ethanol plants, and other process industries)


Gregory K. Else, P.E.


Greg graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1991. He worked for Black & Veatch Pritchard, Bibb & Associates and was the Regional Sales Manager for Control Components, Inc. prior to joining Kansas City Equipment Company in 2008. He currently holds the position of President and is a stockholder in Kansas City Equipment Company. He provides inside/outside sales support and technical services to Consulting Engineering firms, OEM's and others in the four-state area of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

Gregg B. Kaifes



Gregg graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Marketing in 1982 and an MBA from Rockhurst College in 1989. He has experience in both management and sales positions since 1982. He joined Kansas City Equipment in 1997. He currently holds the position of Vice President and is a stock holder in Kansas City Equipment Company. He provides inside/outside sales support to the Utilities and Industrial end-users for the four-state area of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri.

Cindy J. Woodward


Cindy joined Kansas City Equipment in 2000. Prior to joining Kansas City Equipment, Cindy served as the Manager of a Billing/Collections Company and an Instructor for a local college. Cindy manages the Accounting and Administrative functions for Kansas City Equipment and also provides inside sales services and support.

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