July 16, 2014

HM Dunn Aerospace to add employees at Wichita locations

HM Dunn Aerospace, which operates two facilities in Wichita, is growing.

HM Dunn Aerospace, which operates two facilities in Wichita, is growing.

Over the next 12 months, it plans to add about 80 employees at its Apex Engineering International site, Phil Milazzo, HM Dunn CEO, said during the Farnborough International Airshow this week.

It plans to grow from 165 employees there to 245, Milazzo said.

HM Dunn, based in Dallas, acquired Apex Engineering in January.

The company also plans to add 15 positions at HM Dunn at 4201 S. 119th St. West. It now employs close to 200.

“We’ve won some new work,” Milazzo said.

Milazzo is one of six suppliers that partnered with the state of Kansas and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition at an exhibit inside the US Pavilion at the airshow.

The show is open to trade visitors through the week and to the public over the weekend.

The company has added work with Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems, Lockheed Martin and Tinker Air Force Base, Milazzo said.

It’s hiring machine operators, welders and sheet metal fabricators.

HM Dunn produces machined parts and assemblies for business jets and military and commercial aircraft.

It also has operations in Dallas and St. Louis.

The company can take a print and build it through fabrication of the complex structure, the processing of the metal, painting and final assembly, Milazzo said.

“We can do it all,” he said.

It outsources less than 5 percent of its work.

“Not many can do that,” Milazzo said.

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