A little more than a year after Samtech opened a Wichita office, the Belgium-based software provider to manufacturers is closing it.
Freddie Colsoul, the Samtech official who opened the office at 111 Whittier in east Wichita in October 2010, said the office should be closed by mid-January.
Colsoul said the decision came after Samtech was acquired by a competitor, LMS International, in August.
“(LMS) believes its better to integrate into one operation in Detroit,” Colsoul said Tuesday.
He said the new parent company remains interested in building a portfolio of aircraft makers who use its software, and that in six or 12 months the company could reopen a local office.
They still want to continue the activities in those industries,” Colsoul said. “They want to grow with Airbus. They want to try to penetrate Cessna. They want to try to penetrate Gulfstream.”
In the meantime, Colsoul said he will be relocating to Detroit, too. He’s the only one left in the local office. Another engineer who helped him open the office left the company in May.
Colsoul said he’s hopeful that he will build a strong-enough book of aviation business to justify reopening a Wichita office.
“I’ll still be in Wichita, as a visitor. Not living here,” he said.