Textron Aviation has agreed to purchase the assets of UTC Aerospace Systems in Wichita, which makes interior furnishings for Citation business jets and King Air turboprop airplanes.
Textron Aviation did not disclose financial terms of the transaction, in an e-mailed statement to The Eagle Wednesday afternoon.
The Wichita UTC facility is a custom designer and manufacturer of galleys, vanities, high/low and sidewall tables, credenzas, bulkheads, composite panels and window shade assemblies, Textron Aviation said in the statement.
The deal is expected to close Jan. 30.
Textron Aviation spokeswoman Nicole Alexander said in an e-mail that the acquired facility will continue to operate from its locations at 1643 and 1745 S. Maize Road. Most of the employees will be retained by Textron Aviation and a smaller number will remain with UTC Aerospace. She said some employees will be released because of the sale.
She said she was unable to provide specific numbers of employees retained or let go.
Textron Aviation said the acquisition will ensure quality and timely delivery of aircraft interiors for its Cessna and Beechcraft products.
A UTC Aerospace spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.
UTC Aerospace also has a wheels and brakes, and sensors and integrated systems operation at 7016 Pueblo in west Wichita, according to the company’s website.
UTC Aerospace is a unit of United Technologies Corp., which owns aircraft engine maker Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky helicopters.