8:18 am
Thu November 15, 2012

New Orders Will Help Hutchinson Wind Farm Parts Plant Avoid Further Layoffs

Plant officials at Siemens Wind Energy in Hutchinson say new orders will help the company avoid more layoffs for now.

The plant recently received orders to supply parts for wind farms being built in Southern California and Chile.

Siemens announced in September that it was cutting 60 percent of its Hutchinson workforce. The layoffs were completed this week, leaving the plant with 150 workers.

It once had more than 400 employees. Siemens also laid off 570 people at its Fort Madison, Iowa, plant and 62 others around the country.

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Aircraft Industry
5:46 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Gov.'s Council Meets To Discuss Growth In Aviation

Jeremy Hill, director of Wichita State's Center for Economic Development, speaking to the Kansas Governor's Council of Economic Advisors in Wichita Tuesday.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The Kansas Governor's Council of Economic Advisors met in Wichita Tuesday to discuss ways of increasing revenue and the global competitiveness of the aviation industry.

Governor Sam Brownback, state and local officials and several leaders in the aircraft industry discussed ideas for more than two and a half hours at Spirit Aerosystems.

John Tomblin, Executive Director of the National Institute for Aviation Research (NAIR) was one of the speakers who touted the number of quality engineers that are trained in Wichita.

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5:59 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Pittsburg Hospital Set To Break Ground For Expansion

The entrance to Via Christi hospital in Wichita, Kansas.
Credit tedeytan / Flickr

A southeast Kansas hospital will break ground next week on an $18 million expansion.

Construction of the new surgery center at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg will begin November 19. Crossland Construction Company, of Columbus, Kansas, was chosen recently as the general contractor for the 40,000-square-foot addition.

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5:37 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Machinists Union Approves New Bombardier Contract

A Bombardier plan on the runway.
Credit Andy Rusch / Flickr

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers approved a five-year contract deal with Bombardier Learjet in Wichita over the weekend.

Machinists Union spokesman Bob Wood said people will be returning to work at the Wichita plan Monday. Wood described Saturday's offering as a "substantial improvement" over the proposal that prompted the October 8 walkout.

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1:50 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Ambassador Hotel Hosts Job Fair

The Ambassador Hotel plans to open its doors in December.
Credit Courtesy photo

The new Ambassador Hotel in Wichita has up to 100 positions to fill before it opens in December.

At a job fair next week, hotel managers will be recruiting for a variety of positions including front desk concierge, bellman, valet, housekeeping, administrative assistant, accounting assistant, sales coordinator and supervisors. The Siena Tuscan Steakhouse will also be hiring a full staff.

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3:55 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Public Hearing On Aetna Purchase Of Coventry

Kansans will get a chance to comment November 5th on insurance provider Aetna's proposal to buy Coventry Health Care.

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2:57 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Registration Still Open For Skills Summit

The Kansas Department of Commerce said Monday registration remains open for the Kansas Skills Summit next Monday in Wichita.

The event will feature Gov. Sam Brownback and industry and workforce leaders. It will feature presentations and a roundtable discussion on the best ways to recruit and train a skilled workforce.

The goal of the summit is to develop a system of industry-endorsed, third party credentials that can be used by Kansas businesses to standardize the skills and knowledge workers bring to the labor market.

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1:22 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Kansas Star Casino Exceeding Revenue Expectations

The Kansas Star Casino near Mulvane continues to easily exceed revenue projections.

The Kansas Lottery said Wednesday that entering September, the casino generated $129.5 million since it opened in mid-December last year. It has been averaging more than $15 million a month. The lottery owns and operates the casino's games.

If that pace continues, the casino will bring in more than $180 million this year. In 2010, consultants predicted the casino would generate $159.1 million in 2012.

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Small Business
8:33 am
Thu September 13, 2012

State Officials Speak To Small Business Owners On Empowerment Tour

Kansas Secretary Pat George (standing,) Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee and Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan discuss tax reform with small business owners at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Carla Eckels

State officials stopped in Wichita Wednesday as part of their Kansas Small Business Empowerment Tour.

The officials focused on tax reform and economic development across the state.

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George, Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan and Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee met with Wichita business owners and other residents to discuss tax reform changes for 2013.

Secretary George says small businesses make up more than 90 percent of the jobs in the state and nationwide. 

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Wichita City Council
1:01 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Wichita City Council Approves Incentives For NetApp Expansion

The sign in front of NetApp headquarters in Silicon Valley, California.
Ferran Rodenas Flickr

On a 6-1 vote, Wichita City Council members approved an economic incentive grant for NetApp Tuesday, an information technology company that plans to expand in Wichita.

An estimated 418 new customer service employees are expected to double NetApp’s workforce over the next 5 years. The company also plans to invest $86 million in new equipment.

Wichita’s Economic Development Director Allen Bell told the council NetApp had opportunities to expand in other states such as North Carolina, but chose Wichita to grow their customer support center.

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