|Construction Begins on Cessna’s Citation Columbus Facility in Wichita|
WICHITA, Kan., Oct. 29,
2008 – Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius joined Cessna Aircraft Company
Chairman, President and CEO Jack J. Pelton this morning to celebrate the
start of construction of the company’s new Wichita Citation Columbus design
and assembly facility. Cessna is a Textron (NYSE: TXT) company. Sebelius and
Pelton were joined by local and state legislative and business leaders and a
small representation of Cessna’s 12,000 Wichita employees.
“Today is our way of recognizing how big of a victory this is for Cessna, Wichita and Kansas, and to again thank everyone who played a part in making this happen.” Cessna announced it will build the assembly facility at its Mid-Continent facility in April following approval by the Kansas Legislature of a new incentive measure designed to keep and attract new business. Among those collaborating with the legislators on the package were the City of Wichita, Sedgwick County, Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition and the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce. Sebelius signed the bill during a visit to Cessna on April 23.
“Landing the Citation
Columbus sends a strong message that Kansas will compete to keep and
grow aviation jobs,” Sebelius said. “But this reaches far beyond
aviation and the direct jobs created at Cessna. Research shows that each
aviation job creates an additional 2.9 jobs, which means a total of
nearly 4,000 future new jobs in Kansas as a result of this new plant.”
The stand-alone, 600,000-square-foot facility is being built near the
intersection of K-42 and Hoover on the Cessna campus adjacent to Wichita
Mid-Continent Airport. Wichita firms McCluggage Van Sickle & Perry and
Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A. have been hired for
architecture and engineering work, respectively.
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