Wichita Triumph! Aerospace manufacturer expansion means 100 new jobs
Aircraft component manufacturer Triumph Aerospace Systems — Wichita has announced an expansion at its Wichita facility that will create 100 new jobs. The firm, a subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based Triumph Group Inc., also will invest $2 million in new machining and facilities renovation over the next five years, according to a press release from the Kansas Department of Commerce and Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition.
Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita recently won Viking as a new client, prompting the company’s expansion in Wichita. It 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. With support from Kansas, Sedgwick County and the city of Wichita, Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita was selected to assemble the fuselages.
“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.”
Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita, 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 E. 34th St.
“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.”