Kansas Business Hall of Fame inducting Kroger, Strang on Tuesday

Emporia State University will welcome two more selections into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame with activities in Wichita on Tuesday night.


Kroger Company board chair David Dillon, a Hutchinson native, and late railroad executive William Strang will be recognized during the 42nd annual Team Kansas Awards Banquet.

Dillon received a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Kansas and a law degree from Southern Methodist. Following that, he worked for the Dillon Company -- the well-known grocery chain founded by his grandfather and eventually taken over by Kroger in 1983.

Strang, meanwhile, helped to plat Overland Park and also built several railroad lines, including the inter-urban Strang Line between Kansas City and Olathe.

This is the 26th year of inductions for the Kansas Business Hall of Fame. The state Hall of Fame is a chapter of the American National Business Hall of Fame.

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