As Johnson Controls executive Liz Haggerty and Sen. Jerry Moran look on, Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell, right, plays with a snowball he made in a cold room at the company’s factory in north Wichita. The room is used to test heating and air conditioning components in simulated severe weather conditions.
As Johnson Controls executive Liz Haggerty and Sen. Jerry Moran look on, Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell, right, plays with a snowball he made in a cold room at the company’s factory in north Wichita. The room is used to test heating and air conditioning components in simulated severe weather conditions.
As Johnson Controls executive Liz Haggerty and Sen. Jerry Moran look on, Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell, right, plays with a snowball he made in a cold room at the company’s factory in north Wichita. The room is used to test heating and air conditioning components in simulated severe weather conditions.

Senior Journalist Dion Lefler has been providing award-winning coverage of local government, politics and business in Wichita for 20 years. Dion hails from Los Angeles, where he worked for the LA Daily News, the Pasadena Star-News and other papers. He’s a father of twins, director of lay servant ministries in the United Methodist Church and plays second base for the Old Cowtown vintage baseball team.