The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC) announced today that Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita, a subsidiary of Triumph Group Inc., plans to expand in Wichita, creating 100 new jobs and investing more than $2 million in new machining and facilities renovation during the next five years. The expansion will allow Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita to diversify its customer base.
Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita recently won Viking as a new client, prompting the company’s expansion in Wichita. Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita will provide Viking, a Canadian aerospace original equipment manufacturer, with fuselage assembly for a small aircraft designed for search and rescue, border patrol, special missions and regional commuter transport. With support from Kansas, Sedgwick County and the city of Wichita, Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita was selected to assemble the fuselages.
“With Triumph Aerospace Systems’ expansion, Wichita is again proving its status as the Air Capital of the World,” Gov. Sam Brownback said. “The company’s investment in our state and the good manufacturing jobs it is creating will benefit Wichita and the Kansas economy.”
Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita, which currently employs nearly 180 workers, competed for the work package with suppliers in Eastern Europe, Taiwan, China and India. In Wichita, the company designs and manufactures aircraft windows, sheet metal assemblies, wing spars, fuselages, pilot/co-pilot control wheels and cockpit sun-visors at its composite manufacturing facility at 9323 East 34th Street.
“This is a great new line of work for Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita and also for the entire Wichita supplier network,” said Debra Teufel, vice president Business Development, GWEDC. “In addition to the 100 new direct jobs that would be added as this program grows, we expect our sub-contractors and suppliers right here in the Air Capital may have an opportunity to compete for the many individual components that will go into this new fuselage assembly.”
Gov. Brownback, Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George and representatives from GWEDC met with Triumph Group Inc.’s senior leadership during the 2012 Farnborough Airshow to promote Wichita and Kansas.
“Gov. Brownback, the Department of Commerce and GWEDC had a great meeting with Triumph at the 2012 Farnborough Airshow,” George said. “Through interaction at Farnborough, we developed a strong relationship with senior leadership and discussed the ways Kansas and Wichita could support the company’s future growth and expansion. This type of opportunity is a great way to build rapport with companies considering investing and creating jobs in Kansas.”
“Our community was chosen over many global markets because our local community and state pulled together and partnered with the company team here, and we were able to compete,” said Sedgwick County Chairman Jim Skelton. “This says a lot about our desire to win the jobs war and about our great workforce.”
“This potential project is another example that Wichita can create jobs and compete globally when we work together,” Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer said. “The 100 additional jobs would strengthen our manufacturing base and support our overall local economy. This would mean more momentum for a rebounding economy, and I want to thank the public and private partners who are working to bring new jobs to Wichita workers.”
“The entire team is excited to make this announcement because it’s a new manufacturer represented in the community with Viking work, which is great news for Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita and for the community,” said Teufel. “We’ve been working for more than a year on this project, helping Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita secure this work here. We really thank Governor Brownback and Commerce Secretary Pat George, who have been very supportive and met with Triumph senior leaders at the Farnborough Air Show last year. Those meetings and relationships matter when other states are aggressively trying to become an aerospace hub.”