WICHITA, Kansas – Boeing could be on the move again here in Wichita.
The areas that are being considered are the military portion of Boeing Wichita, the last parts of the company still in town.
Boeing left in 2013, leaving all the properties empty, awaiting a buyer.
The Dreamliner forward sections are built here at Spirit, and right across the street is the Boeing facility.
This is all for sale, so what comes next? There is a confirmed potential buyer in the works.
KSN asked who, and how much?
Boeing yanked its operations out of Wichita and since all of their former buildings have been for sale.
“The fact of the matter is, we have to compete with cities like Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City, and other states that are around us,” said city council member James Clendenin. “So, how do we do that now?”
Clendenin said that Boeing going away was a loss, and he hails Spirit across the street as a huge success story.
He also said he has no idea who the potential buyer might be.
KSN asked the Boeing and they confirmed saying, “you’re correct, in that Boeing is still in discussions with a potential buyer for the purchase of the Wichita site. At this point, we cannot disclose any further details while contract negotiations are underway. Once a final agreement is in place, Boeing will first share it with employees, then with other stakeholders.”
Since this property is on county land, it’s the county that would benefit from all the millions in property taxes.
However, the City of Wichita is very, very happy to hear that some kind of deal is in the works.
“I think it’s very exciting,” said Clendenin. “It’s a win-win for the city of Wichita.”
Clendenin calls it a perfect fit with Spirit across the street, who are continuing to employ thousands. He said somebody, whoever the mystery buyer may be, could keep a lot of jobs, or even add jobs to Wichita.
“Well there are not many facilities like that facility in the United States. So I would think that makes it a very valuable piece of property,” said Clendenin.
If the facility is sold to someone, what happens to the Dreamlifter that flies in here, to pick up the forward section, and flies to the Seattle area for final assembly.
If it is sold, there’s talk the Dreamlifter could fly out of Mid Continent.