A high-tech data storage manufacturer won approval Tuesday for a grant from the city for its local expansion.
The Wichita City Council approved a $418,000 cash grant for NetApp, spread annually over five years based on the number of jobs it creates.
The company plans to spend $86 million on equipment to renovate its facility at 3718 N. Rock Road, adding 418 jobs to its 450-member Wichita staff at wages averaging $73,000. The deal also includes a multimillion-dollar incentive package from the Kansas Department of Commerce.
The company, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., has 12,000 employees at 170 offices around the world. It joined the Wichita market in 2011 when it purchased LSI’s Engenio external storage systems division.
The council also approved:
• Four percent Kansas Housing Tax Credits for Garrison Community Development for the acquisition and renovation of the Commodore Apartments, 222 E. Elm. Plans call for 58 apartments, including 17 studio units, 26 one-bedroom units and 15 two-bedroom apartment units, available to people older than 55.
• $3 million in industrial revenue bonds to finance a 30,000-square-foot expansion of a facility at 2237 S. West Court, that will be subleased to JR Custom Metal Products. The company fabricates metal products and equipment. The expansion is anticipated to add 50 jobs at an average salary of $31,324.
• $6.8 million in hospital facility refunding revenue bonds to Via Christi Health System. The bonds were originally issued in 2004 to finance improvements to senior living facilities at 777 N. McLean.