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.
Mayor Carl Brewer will be in China this week, for the opening of a trade office that will promote Wichita's aviation industry.
Kansas Global Trade Services in Beijing will identify sales and opportunities for partnerships. It will also will work to connect Wichita and China businesses for parts, maintenance and other products and services.
Kansas Global Trade Services president Karyn Page says the office is a privately-funded pilot project. Its $300,00 to $500,000 budget will be funded by private sponsors in China and Wichita.
Hawker Beechcraft says its total number of Kansas employees has fallen below the level required to receive the full state and local government incentives.
The aircraft manufacturer had 3,372 employees as of December 31st. The company was granted $45 million in incentives back in 2010 in exchange for committing to keep 4,000 people employed in Kansas for 10 years.
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.