April 18, 2014

KS to retain Bombadier

Gene Meyer
Kansas Reporter
TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson and top executives of aircraft giant Bombardier Inc. said July 22 they’ve agreed in principle on a pact to keep production of a new Learjet based in Wichita.

Details of the proposal,  and of incentives Kansas may be offering to keep help keep production of the new midsize Learjet 85 in the state, are to be revealed July 30 at a Wichita press conference.

Spokesman Joe Monaco of the Kansas Department of Commerce said Kansas tax codes provide for a number of incentives to companies that create or increase jobs in Kansas, but that he couldn’t say which of those might apply to Bombardier’s plans. The governor’s announcement of the tentative agreement also gave no details or any indication of when a final agreement might be reached.

The announcement said only that Parkinson and Bombardier Aeropspace president Guy Hachey reached an agreement this week at the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom to “collaborate on securing the future of the Learjet site in Wichita.”

About 2,000 Wichita aircraft workers work for Bombardier now.

Wichita is a final assembly point for the company’s new Learjet 85, the company’s first all composite aircraft, with many of components made in Mexico. The high-tech twin-engine business jet is designed to carry as many as eight passengers and cruise as far as 3,000 nautical miles.

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