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Sedgwick County approves loan to Airbus

To help keep Airbus North America Engineering in Wichita, Sedgwick County commissioners this morning approved a $200,000 forgiveable loan to the company.

Airbus considered moving engineers to a satellite facility in Mobile, Ala., but vice president of engineering William Greer, a longtime Wichita resident, said he told executives of Wichita “This is where I can get the engineers.”

The city also approved a $200,000 loan, which together with the county’s loan Airbus will use to remodel the former Kansas Sports Hall of Fame at 238 N. Mead.

As part of the deal, Airbus promises to add 80 jobs within three years. Its Wichita office now employs 210 aeronautical engineers. The average annual salary of the new jobs, excluding benefits, will be $126,000.

“We need those jobs,” commissioner Gwen Welshimer told Greer.