Bombardier has recently released the news that they will be expanding their aircraft manufacturing hub in Wichita, Kansas. This is good news for the Learjet facility, which has not seen much development in the past few years. Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi and the governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback announced the expansion plans on January 10. The plan includes the improvement of the flight-test center, based in Wichita. Additionally, they are establishing a center of excellence for engineering and information technology. Bombardier is also looking to add facilities for paint and production flight-testing. Lastly, they will institute an aircraft delivery center.
The state of Kansas has offered $16 million as incentive to create more jobs for their residents. Bombardier is already spending $600 million, which is going to the production of the Learjet 85 and Wichita facilities. They are predicting the Learjet 85 to be in service next year. The expansion will hopefully create 450 new jobs, in the next 10 years.