WICHITA, Kansas – The French company, Figeac Aero, is hoping to expand its current base here in Wichita.
“It offers the opportunity to put our citizens to work at a good paying wage,” said Sedgwick County Commissioner, Dave Unruh.
The majority of the jobs would be aircraft part technicians according to company officials and they’re hoping to get things started quickly.
“We have contracts coming from all over the world that we need to execute as soon as possible and a lot of that depends on other approvals in this incentive process,” said Jeff Russell with Figeac Aero. “All I can really say is we need to do it as soon as possible, we’re ready to move as fast as we can.”
“We’re not just trading one job here in town for another job here in town, or just kind of stirring the pot with jobs and capital investment, this is from the outside coming in,” said Unruh.
But while everyone is excited for the prospects of new jobs, other commissioners have more questions about just what they’re signing on for.
“My questions in terms of is it a 5 year, 10 year, and we’re basically told we don’t have a specific time frame,” said Sedgwick county commissioner Karl Peterjohn, “and there were sections of the agreement that weren’t available for the commission to inspect either prior or during the meeting.”
Still Unruh says it’s a good deal and he’s excited to see the company make good on it.
“This is true economic development, in that we’re gonna build things here and sell them out not only across the nation, but across the world.”