Learjet to expand site in Wichita


Bombardier and Governor Brownback announce further expansion of the Learjet site

Sam Brownback, Kansas
Governor, and Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft recently announced
the details of the further expansion of Bombardier’s Learjet site in Wichita.

The growth of the site
includes the expansion of the Bombardier Flight Test Centre, the establishment
of a Bombardier Centre of Excellence of Engineering and Information Technology,
new facilities for paint and production flight test as well as a new delivery
center. The expansion will also help create 450 new jobs over the course of
seven to 10 years.

“This is great news and
indicates the strength of our relationship with the State of Kansas,” said Steve Ridolfi, president,
Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Learjet has a rich and solid history in Kansas and we are
committed to ensuring that it continues to grow and prosper along with new
programs such as the Learjet 85 aircraft.”

This expansion is being
supported by an incentive offer worth $16 million in financial support from the
State of Kansas, which will be added to the $600
million investment Bombardier is currently making to develop the Learjet 85 midsize jet and to expand Learjet’s Wichita facility.

“This great day for Wichita and Kansas
highlights the strength and vibrancy of the Air Capital of the World,” said
Governor Sam Brownback. “Our workforce, supplier base, infrastructure, research
and development and aviation training assets are second to none and today’s
announcement says that loud and clear. We value the strong commitment of
Bombardier to Kansas
and treasure this long-term, mutually beneficial relationship, which will lead
to further opportunities and growth.”

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