Airbus to reduce engineering staff

WICHITA — Cessna Aircraft and Beechcraft aren’t the only aircraft manufacturers cutting jobs in Wichita.

Airbus also will be reducing its engineering staff.

“This is not bad news,” says spokeswoman Kristi Tucker.

“This type of staffing balance is not unusual in the aviation industry,” she says. “At some point in every project, the product leaves the engineering and design phase and goes into production, so you don’t need as much engineering focus on it.”

Currently, about 370 of Airbus’ 400 Wichita employees are engineers.

“It’s been at a top level,” Tucker says. “It’s more work than we’ve ever done or ever managed out of that office.”

She says she can’t discuss specific numbers of how many jobs will be eliminated because that’s not been determined yet.

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“You know, I don’t know. We think it’s a cool name I guess.”

John O’Leary of Airbus on why the company uses the term “Sharklets“ instead of “winglets” as other aircraft manufacturers do

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“I’m not aware of that at all. We have two offices in Old Town right now and are very pleased with the properties.”

Airbus spokeswoman Mary Anne Greczyn’s e-mailed response about whether the company is moving into the space Imaging Office Systems is vacating (sources say plans are in the works)

Imaging Office Systems to leave Old Town

WICHITA — Imaging Office Systems is leaving Old Town, but it’s not leaving Wichita.

“We love the community,” says Bob Barkley, vice president at the Indiana-based company. “It’s a good place.”

The company has been in 6,000 square feet at 201 N. Mead in Old Town, which is next to Airbus, for a decade. Barkley says the space isn’t laid out the way the company it needs to be, and it’s about double the size of what the company now requires.

“We’re more efficient,” he says. “We do more stuff with computers than people.”

The company provides document imaging services and sells software for people to solve storage issues. It also provides some document storage.

Barkley says the company is working on a new 3,000-square-foot office, which he says should be ready in April, in west Wichita.

“This is only just a space correction,” Barkley says. “It’s really just that simple.”

Imaging Office Systems leaving Old Town for the west side

WICHITA — Imaging Office Systems is leaving Old Town, but it’s not leaving Wichita.

“We love the community,” says Bob Barkley, vice president at the Indiana-based company. “It’s a good place.”

The company has been in 6,000 square feet at 201 N. Mead in Old Town, which is next to Airbus, for a decade. Barkley says the space isn’t laid out the way the company it needs to be, and it’s about double the size that the company now requires.

“We’re more efficient,” he says. “We do more stuff with computers than people.”

The company provides document imaging services and sells software for people to solve storage issues. It also provides some document storage.

The new 3,000-square-foot office, which will be ready in April, is at the Ridgeport Business Condos on West 33rd Street North.

“This is only just a space correction,” Barkley says. “It’s really just that simple.”

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“I’m in the middle of a lot of intellectual capital, so I hope I don’t drag the IQ down.”

— County Commissioner Tim Norton’s comment today at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the second Airbus facility in Old Town, where a lot of aerospace engineers were in attendance

54 new plaques give Old Town visitors a glimpse of history

plaque2WICHITA — Old Town is obviously one of Wichita’s most historic areas. Now, some of that history is readily available for people to learn as they visit the area.

Developer Dave Burk this month placed 54 plaques on buildings throughout Old Town. He finished a couple of days ago and has already seen visitors stopping to look.

“This was research that we put together when we compiled all the information to get this into a National Historic District,” Burk says.

That was back in 1990.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” Burk says.

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