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The “#1 Aviation Workforce in the USA” to be promoted at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow

Jul 12, 2018

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Wichita, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Greater Wichita Partnership will lead a delegation of industry partners and local business leaders to the Farnborough International Airshow July 16 – 20 in Hampshire, England to promote Kansas and the greater Wichita region – known as the “Air Capital of the World” – and its capabilities to an audience of aviation decision makers from around the globe.

“Farnborough, the world’s largest aerospace airshow, provides the platform to market our State and attract aviation investment,” said Robert North, Interim Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce. “We must proactively and aggressively promote the opportunities in Kansas globally at events like Farnborough.”

The delegation will also promote the numerous resources Kansas and the “Air Capital of the World” supplies to the aerospace industry including the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT), as well as the leading brands that call the Air Capital home—Airbus, Bombardier Learjet, Spirit AeroSystems and Textron Aviation in addition to the region’s more than 450+ world-class suppliers.

Booth partners include:

Kansas Dept. of Commerce (Randi Tveitaraas Jack – [email protected])

C.E. Machine Company (Ryan Smith – [email protected])

Cox Machine (Jason Cox – [email protected])

Etezazi Industries (Amir Etezazi – [email protected])

Greater Wichita Partnership (Jeff Fluhr – [email protected])

Harlow Aerostructures (Jim Barnes – [email protected])

Lee Aerospace (Glenn Heil – [email protected])

Metal Finishing Co. (Ed Ball – [email protected])

Omni Aerospace (John O’Neill – [email protected])

TECT Aerospace (Alisha Curry – [email protected])

“We have more than 30,000 employed in aerospace in Kansas, with the largest concentration in our region. This density of expertise and talent combined with the prime development sites and world-class training in our region make the Air Capital the perfect location for aviation manufacturers and engineering firms interested in expanding or relocating. We must stay diligent in sharing our value proposition to aviation’s worldwide audience attending the show,” said Jeff Fluhr President of the Greater Wichita Partnership.

About the Kansas Department of Commerce

As the state’s lead economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce strives to empower individuals, businesses and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas. Under the leadership of Interim Secretary of Commerce Robert North, the department comprises a variety of programs and services that create jobs, attract new investment, provide workforce training, encourage community development and promote the state as a wonderful place to live, work and play. For more information on the Kansas Department of Commerce, visit

About the Greater Wichita Partnership

The mission of the Greater Wichita Partnership is to align resources and focus the business community on common strategies that fast-forward economic growth in Wichita and South Central Kansas. For more information, visit