Wichita scored another big win with Wednesday’s announcement that Spirit AeroSystems will build the fuselage of the Cessna Citation Columbus in a new 375,000-square-foot factory in Wichita. Spirit estimates that the project and other new programs will create about 700 jobs. The final assembly of the airplane will be done by Cessna at its planned new plant in Wichita.
These new plants could have been built almost anywhere, and other states offer generous incentives to lure the work away. Kudos to the aircraft companies and to city, county and state officials for keeping this work in Kansas.