Aerospace firm chooses site for new Kansas plant

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NEWTON, Kansas (AP) – A Wichita-based aerospace company has chosen the suburb of Newton as the new home of its chemical subsidiary.

The Newton Kansan reports Aviation Business International will house its ABI Chemicals division in a 20,000-square-foot facility. The plant will be built at the Newton City-County Airport, near the Kansas Logistics Park.

The ABI Group of Companies supplies products to airlines worldwide, including Delta, Air France and British Airways.

The new plant will produce next-generation coatings used in aerospace manufacturing processes, being developed in conjunction with Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research. Operations are expected to begin in October, with 14 employees by the end of the year.

The city of Newton will build the plant and lease it to ABI Chemicals.

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