Newton City-County Airport To House New ABI Chemical Facility

Apr 24, 2014

A Wichita-based aerospace company has chosen to move north to Newton with its chemical subsidiary.

Aviation Business International will house its ABI Chemicals division in a 20,000-square-foot facility at the Newton City-County Airport.

The ABI Group of Companies supplies products to airlines worldwide, including Delta, Air France and British Airways.

The new plant will produce next-generation coatings used in aerospace manufacturing processes. The coatings are being developed in conjunction with Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research.

Operations are expected to begin in October, with 14 employees by the end of the year. The city of Newton will build the plant and lease it to ABI Chemicals.