Foley Industries adds certification as ‘women business enterprise’

Foley Industries and its three operating entities, Foley Equipment Company, Foley Rental and Foley Rebuild Center, have each been officially certified as a Women Business Enterprise by the National Women Business Owners Corporation.

In a news release Monday, the Wichita-based company said numerous public corporations as well as government agencies have programs for allotting a certain percentage of business to women-owned companies.

Foley has been woman owned and managed since Ann Konecny, president and CEO, assumed the leadership role in 1997, according to the release.

“Over the last year, we’ve had increasing requests from customers that we get certified.  It’s a rigorous and time-consuming process but we felt it would be worth the investment,” Konecny said in a statement. “Certainly, our WBE status is not the most important thing.  Understanding our customers’ needs and exceeding their expectations is much more important.  However, we are hopeful that our WBE certification will help grow our business.”

Foley Equipment is a full-line Caterpillar dealer serving 104 of 105 counties in Kansas and 40 counties in central and northwest Missouri, including the Kansas City metro area.