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Advanced Manufacturing

We’re known as part of America’s Breadbasket, but more people in Kansas work in manufacturing than in agriculture. Top companies like Cessna, Spirit AeroSystems and General Motors have located here because they know Kansas is a leader in supporting advanced manufacturing through education, business incentives and a positive business climate.

AVIATION AND AUTO

Our successes are evident. Kansas leads the world in aviation manufacturing. Nearly 70 percent of the world’s embedded aviation fleet was manufactured in our state, where over a quarter-million aircraft have been produced since 1919. In addition, The GM plant in Kansas City, Kansas, is consistently one of the company’s most productive assembly plants in North America.

COMPOSITES

Kansas is home to one of only five true composite clusters in the world, highlighted by Wichita’s National Institute for Aviation Research, where 70 percent of Federal Aviation Administration composites research is conducted. Our strength in composites is being applied to other products as well. The Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopedic Research, also in Wichita, is at the forefront in the medical devices field.

PLASTICS AND RUBBER

In a similar manner, plastics manufacturing is supported by the Kansas Polymer Research Center at Pittsburg State University. Kansas has the only plastics and rubber products cluster in the entire United States with both product manufacturing and process manufacturing capabilities in the same region. Kansas not only makes a variety of extruded, formed and injection-molded products, but we also research and refine the processes that make those products.

A WINNING FORMULA

“Advanced manufacturing” is difficult to define, given the diversity of production activities in our state. However, whether in aviation, plastics or agriculture, there is a common thread: the use of the most advanced techniques and newest materials, and support from in-state centers of national prominence.

Add in effective business incentives, competitive utility rates, a high standard of living and an excellent, innovative business environment, and it’s a winning formula for companies.

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Susan NeuPoth Cadoret Director, Business & Community Development Email (785) 296-5298 LinkedIn

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