Wichita firm Dondlinger & Sons to build new Goodwill in Newton

Dondlinger & Sons Construction will build the new $1.7 million Goodwill facility in Newton, according to a news release.

The Wichita firm has been selected as the general contractor for the planned 14,000-square-foot retail store and job training facility, which will sit on a 2.5-acre lot just south of the Wal-Mart on South Kansas Road in Newton.

The store is expected to open this fall, according to the release. The building is being designed by Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture, also of Wichita.

Emily Compton, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Kansas, said the job-training aspect – geared toward those with developmental disabilities – is important to the Harvey County area.

“We serve individuals in Harvey County, so it makes sense for us to figure out a way to deliver those services to the area,” Compton said in the release. “We hope to replicate this model to deliver services in communities around the state.”

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to take place Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the site, which is north of Heartland Credit Union on Kansas Avenue. The facility is expected to employ between 20 and 25 full- and part-time workers.

Newton does not currently have a Goodwill location; the new facility will be the organization’s 19th in Kansas.

Bryan Horwath: 316-269-6708, @bryan_horwath