Aviation

Kansas man to lead Airbus’ U.S. manufacturing plant

Daryl Taylor has been named vice president and general manager of Airbus’ new commercial airplane plant in Mobile, Ala.
Daryl Taylor has been named vice president and general manager of Airbus’ new commercial airplane plant in Mobile, Ala. Courtesy of Airbus

Airbus has named a man with Kansas and Wichita ties to lead its manufacturing facility in the United States.

The European plane maker said Tuesday that Daryl Taylor will be vice president and general manager of its new plant in Mobile, Ala.

Taylor most recently was vice president and general manager for GKN Aerospace’s Precision Machining business in Wellington and Bandy Aerospace in Burbank, Calif. He also worked in a variety of leadership posts at the former Hawker Beechcraft Corp. in Wichita for 12 years, as well as at Bombardier in Toronto, Ontario.

Taylor also has a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing technology from Southwestern College in Winfield.

“He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in aircraft manufacturing and facility operations which will ensure the A320 Family manufacturing facility in Mobile is successful, an industry leader and provides a great product to our customers,” Barry Eccleston, president of Airbus Americas, said in a news release.

Taylor will report to Eccleston.

He will have responsibility for the plant that sits on 116 acres and will produce Airbus’ A319, A320 and A321 commercial jetliners. The plant currently employs 250 people and began assembling aircraft in July.

Reach Jerry Siebenmark at 316-268-6576 or jsiebenmark@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @jsiebenmark.

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