Textron Aviation expands its Wichita headquarters
Textron Aviation is expanding in Wichita by adding an additional 180,000 square feet to its headquarters, the company announced Monday.
The expansion of Textron’s parts distribution operation is intended to improve support for customers who own and operate Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft manufactured by the company.
A Textron spokesperson did not immediately respond to a query whether the expansion would support more jobs at the Wichita distribution center, which employs 350 people.
“We are proud to support the thousands of aircraft manufactured by Textron Aviation,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president for global parts and distribution. “Customers expect us to have parts available to fly them and this expansion will allow us to more effectively meet our customers’ parts needs.”
Construction is expected to begin later this month and be complete by the end of 2023. Process improvements enabled by the expansion will consolidate shipments and reduce vehicle travel by approximately 40,000 miles per year while by expediting support at Textron’s Wichita Service Center.
“The new footprint includes room for warehouse space, an extension of the existing mezzanine structure for parts storage and offices, and additional room for dedicated customer support analysts,” the statement read.