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Triumph Aerospace Systems Invests $2 Million To Expand Its Wichita, Kansas, Manufacturing Facility

Area Development Online News Desk (07/22/2013)
Triumph Aerospace Systems, a subsidiary of Triumph Group Inc., will expand its production center in Wichita, Kansas, creating 100 new jobs and investing more than $2 million in new machining and facilities renovation during the next five years.

The firm recently won a new client, prompting its expansion in Wichita. The firm 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.

“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.”

“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.”

The manufacturer, 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.

“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.”

“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.”

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