CARMEL, IN - ADESA executives and staff joined Lee's Summit Mayor Karen Messerli, customers, and dignitaries at a ground-breaking ceremony for a major construction project that will replace the existing ADESA Kansas City auction with a new facility.

The new auction will be located on a 196-acre parcel located just south of the existing facility in Lee's Summit, Mo. The groundbreaking caps off a flurry of activity at ADESA Kansas City where more than 2,000 cars and trucks were offered during the preceding week to dealers at wholesale auction events to commemorate the event.

"This new facility will not only help us to meet future growth in the Kansas City market, but will also allow us to improve the service we're able to provide our auction partners here on a daily basis," said Dave Gartzke, chairman and CEO of ADESA, Inc.

When completed, the new ADESA Kansas City facility will feature:

  • A brand-new auction facility on 196 acres.

  • Parking for more than 15,000 vehicles.

  • 10 auction lanes with digital video and audio.

  • Easy access for dealer check-in.

  • Drive over inspection in facility mechanical shop.

  • Increased dealer parking.

  • Designated areas for car hauler loading and unloading.

  • Body shop with 200 unit-per-day capacity.

  • New mechanical repair facility with 16 bays and 10 lifts.

  • New dealer lounge with Internet access and terminals.

  • A full cafeteria.

  • An on-site floorplan financing office.

    The prime contractor for the new ADESA Kansas City auction is Shiel Sexton Construction Company of Indianapolis. The new facility is expected to be open for business in late 2007.