15 Years of aircraft production at Independence


Cessna celebrate at Kansas facility after 9,500 single-engine piston and more than 350 Citation Mustang business jets have been built there

Cessna Aircraft has
marked 15 years since opening its manufacturing facility in Independence, where the company has produced
nearly 9,500 single-engine pistons and more than 350 Citation Mustang business

Work at the Cessna
Independence facility includes assembly, paint, installation of interiors and
delivery of seven single-engine piston aircraft models, Cessna 172R Skyhawk,
172S Skyhawk SP, 182T Skylane, T182T Turbo Skylane, 206H Stationair, T206H
Turbo Stationair and the Corvalis TTX, as well as the Citation Mustang business
jet. Additionally, Independence employees
provide Garmin G1000 avionics pilot training and manufacture small parts for
propeller aircraft and for some business jets that are built at Cessna’s
headquarters in Wichita.

“The roughly
500 Cessnans from throughout southeastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma who
work at our Independence facility have been instrumental in Cessna maintaining
its leadership in the single-engine piston market and in the successful
introduction of the Citation Mustang,” said Eric Cardinali, senior vice
president of Integrated Supply Chain. “Our factory there is very much a
family atmosphere, which is apparent in the customer experience and the
productivity levels we see in Independence.”

Cessna discontinued
single-engine piston aircraft production in Wichita
in the 1980s, due in part to rising product liability costs and re-entered the
market after the 1994 passage of the US General Aviation Revitalization
Act. The company broke ground for its original 400,000-square-foot Independence site on 19 May,
1995, and dedicated the facility 3 July, 1996.

The first
Independence-produced single-engine piston came off the line in November 1996
and the facility delivered its 9,000th single-engine piston in March
2010. In total, Cessna has produced more than 154,500 single-engine pistons since
the company’s founding in 1927.

In 2004, Cessna
selected the Independence site to build its new
Citation Mustang, the first Citation to be manufactured outside of Wichita. After
significant expansion of the facility, Independence
began production of the Mustang on 5 October, 2005. Through the first quarter
of 2011, Cessna had delivered 356 Mustangs.