The Department of Commerce and Textron Aviation have reached an agreement that will support hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in new product development and production in Wichita.
The company plans to build its next business jet, the Citation Longitude, at the Textron Aviation facilities in Wichita. The agreement will also support Textron Aviation’s future product development of turboprop aircraft and the new interior manufacturing facility in Wichita.
Since 2011, Textron Inc. has invested more than $2 billion in Textron Aviation, including the $1.4 billion purchase of Beechcraft in 2014. This year, Textron Aviation received FAA-type certification for its Citation Latitude, which was designed and is being manufactured in Kansas.
In a release from Textron, Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell described the company’s investment as “a key driver in a strong and diverse Wichita economy.”
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