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Aviation subcontractor FACC Solutions to remain in Wichita, expand, hire

Aviation subcontractor FACC Solutions to remain in Wichita, expand, hire

By John Stearns
Wichita Business Journal

FACC Solutions Inc. has landed a new contract that will not only keep the company in Wichita but cause it to expand and employ at least 50 people.

After a program with a Wichita aircraft manufacturer had come to an end, it was “almost a foregone conclusion” that FACC Solutions Inc. would be leaving Wichita for Seattle, according to a news release. But the company, a unit of the Austrian manufacturer FACC AG, secured a new 737 winglet-modification program that could keep it in Wichita indefinitely.

FACC Solutions designs, develops and produces advanced fiber-reinforced composite components and systems for the aviation industry.

The company has committed to leasing a 25,700-square-foot manufacturing facility at 2050 S. Edwards that will open in August. It’s currently in about 1,500 square feet at 1525 S. Washington, according to the broker who represented FACC Solutions.

FACC Solutions President John Pasquale, who could not be immediately reached, anticipates the staff to exceed 50 employees by third quarter 2014, the release says. It’s unclear how many employees FACC Solutions currently has locally.

Plans are under way to start training employees in preparation of full production of the winglet modifications by October, the release says.

David Watson, general manager for FACC Solutions, has begun accepting resumes for qualified composite technicians, inspectors and painters. Candidates are encouraged to contact FACC Solutions at 316-210-9459 or online at facc.solutions.inc@faccsi.com.

Initial training for the program will include instruction at FACC in Austria.

FACC Solutions was represented by Sheri Proctor of Realty World Alliance. The landlord, JAW Investments LLC, was represented by Tymber Lee of John T. Arnold & Associates.

John Stearns covers real estate, development and banking.