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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Airxcel Expansion to Create Nearly 370 Jobs in Wichita

Jun 02, 2021

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WICHITA – Governor Laura Kelly today visited Airxcel in Wichita to celebrate a major project that will create 365 jobs and invest more than $4 million in the community.

“Airxcel is a classic success story in Wichita’s manufacturing sector, and I believe this expansion creates a blueprint for companies and the city to follow,” Governor Kelly said. “Congratulations to the Airxcel team on this exciting expansion that will bring significant investment and new jobs to the Wichita community. I look forward to our continued partnership to bring even more jobs and investment to our state, and usher in a new era of prosperity for all Kansans.”

The expansion will focus on additional capacity of HVAC products for recreational vehicles. The COVID-19 pandemic brought a surge in demand as more people looked to RVs for travel options.

The Airxcel expansion is delivering new jobs in sales, engineering, supply-chain operations, finance, human resources and other positions.

“Increased demand has led to a boom in this industry, and Airxcel is in the perfect position to capitalize on this moment,” Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland said. “This is a win for Wichita manufacturing, and the many new jobs created will further strengthen the region as an international manufacturing and production leader.”

Andrew Nave, Executive Vice President of Economic Development at the Greater Wichita Partnership, said: “The Greater Wichita region has a long history of innovative manufacturing driven by the No. 1 skilled workforce in the nation. We were pleased to work with Airxcel and community partners to grow jobs and investment, and advance our manufacturing ecosystem.”

About Airxcel

Founded in 1991 with the acquisition of two business units of the Coleman Company, Airxcel has grown to become a leading designer and manufacturer of climate control solutions and complementary products for a variety of end markets throughout the world.

The company designs, produces and distributes market-leading products including air conditioners, furnaces, water heaters, cooking appliances, rooftop products, sealants, window coverings, ventilation systems, Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) and composite panels for RVs; and climate control equipment for telecommunication shelters, schools and the commercial/industrial industry serving worldwide specialty markets.

Airxcel employees find opportunities to express creativity and innovation, enhance education and be a productive team member in a supportive, continuous improvement environment.

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. Commerce accomplishes its mission by developing relationships with corporations, site location consultants and stakeholders in Kansas, the nation and world. Our strong partnerships allow us to help create an environment for existing Kansas businesses to grow and foster an innovative, competitive landscape for new businesses.