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'Early Christmas' with Hawker agreement

Hawker Beechcraft chairman and CEO Bill Boisture described the agreement to keep Hawker in Wichita as an "early Christmas" for the community. Indeed. Per the deal, the state, Sedgwick County and the city of Wichita would provide $35 million in research and development funds, and the state would provide another $10 million in training funds. In exchange, Hawker pledges to keep its headquarters and all its production lines in Wichita and maintain at least 4,000 employees through 2020. Particular credit for the deal goes to Gov. Mark Parkinson, who has been working with Hawker and union officials for months.