Atlas Aerospace announced plans to expand its Wichita facility and add about 100 jobs in the next year to its current employment of 426 people at its plant at 4425 W. May.
Atlas will move $8 million worth of equipment from its Arizona facility and invest about $9 million for new equipment, machinery, and relocation costs, according to a news release Friday from the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition.
Because of the sales tax exemption for machinery and equipment offered by the state of Kansas, the company will save more than $1 million in sales tax, the release said. The company also qualifies for other state incentive programs.
“It was obvious Wichita and the state of Kansas wanted the expansion to happen here,” Phil Stephens of Atlas Aerospace said in the release. “They made sure we understood all of the advantages, from workforce to tax savings to state programs; they made it incredibly compelling for our leadership to choose Wichita and the state of Kansas for this expansion.”
Wichita beat out other Atlas plants in Bensalem, Pa.; Phoenix; and Chihuahua, Mexico, for the expansion.