Employee of Kansas company killed in Belgium attacks

This photo provided on Wednesday March 30, 2016 by Wenger Manufacturing shows employee Belgian Nic Coopman. The 58-year-old was at Brussels airport to catch a business flight when he was killed in the March 22 bombings. Coopman was a service technician in the Antwerp office of the firm, which makes extrusion equipment for the food and feed industry. (Family photo courtesy of Wenger Manufacturing via AP)

SABETHA, Kansas – An employee of Kansas company was killed last week in the Brussels attack.

Belgian national Nic Coopman was a highly valued employee of a family firm in Kansas. The 58-year-old was at Brussels Airport to catch a business flight to Zurich when he was killed in the March 22 bombings.

Coopman’s death was confirmed by Sabetha, Kansas-based Wenger Manufacturing, his employer of 16 years. Coopman was a service technician in the Antwerp office of the firm, which makes extrusion equipment for the food and feed industry.

The company said Coopman provided European clients with “commissioning, training and technical support.” It said Coopman’s “calm manner, professionalism and a dry sense of humor earned him significant respect and admiration from his clients and colleagues alike.”

Coopman, who came from the Dutch-speaking Flanders region of Belgium, is survived by his wife.

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