GWEDC helps save, add 268 jobs in 2010

The Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition assisted with five projects in the first half of 2010, salvaging or adding 268 jobs and $21.9 million in investment.

That was the summary of the group's semi-annual progress report.

The companies that agreed to keep operations in Wichita, saving and adding jobs, include Spartech, Cargill, Martin Interconnect Services, Nex-Tech Processing and Chrome Plus International.

The total fell short of the group's six months goal of 750 jobs and $37.5 million in investment, said coalition president Vicki Pratt Gerbino.

"We realize this is short of our goals, well short, and God knows we are working hard to make that up in the rest of the year, but that's not a reason to not celebrate what these companies have done," Gerbino said.