Nex-Tech shifts work out of Texas

Nex-Tech Aerospace will close its Dallas facility by the end of the first quarter in 2011, the company said Monday.

The work will move to its Wichita and St. Louis facilities.

"As that transition happens, the company will evaluate whether or not more jobs will... be created to support the work load," said Nex-Tech Processing account manager Veronica Schmitz.

The Dallas facility does machining work for the general aviation industry, including work for Cessna Aircraft and Gulfstream. It employs 26.

Nex-Tech Aerospace in Wichita employs 167, while its Wichita Nex-Tech Processing facility employs 146.

Nex-Tech Aerospace CEO Tom Gibbons told employees in meetings at the Wichita facilities about the Dallas closure, the company said.

"This was a very difficult decision for us to make," Gibbons said in a statement. "However we must look at this as an opportunity for our company to become more efficient in our operations and customer service."

The Dallas facility has struggled to recover from the economic downturn, the company said. Production schedules have not returned to pre-downturn levels.