Governor Laura Kelly today visited Airxcel in Wichita to celebrate a major project that will create 365 jobs and invest more than $ 4 million in the community.
“Airxcel is a classic success story in Wichita’s manufacturing sector, and I believe this expansion sets a model for business and the city to follow.” Governor Kelly said. “Congratulations to the Airxcel team for this exciting expansion which will bring significant investment and new jobs to the Wichita community. I look forward to our continued partnership to create even more jobs and investment in our state and usher in a new era of prosperity for all Kansans. “
The expansion will focus on additional capacity of HVAC products for recreational vehicles. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in increased demand as more people turn to recreational vehicles for travel options.
Airxcel’s expansion creates new jobs in sales, engineering, supply chain operations, finance, human resources and other positions.
“The increased demand has led to a boom in this industry, and Airxcel is in the ideal position to capitalize on this moment”, Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland said. “This is a victory for Wichita manufacturing, and the many new jobs created will further strengthen the region as an international leader in manufacturing and production. “
Andrew Nave, Executive Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Wichita Partnership, said, “The Greater Wichita region has a long history of innovative manufacturing led by the nation’s # 1 skilled workforce. We have been delighted to work with Airxcel and community partners to create jobs and investment, and to advance our manufacturing ecosystem. “
The photos below from today’s ceremony are available to media:
Founded in 1991 with the acquisition of two business units from the Coleman Company, Airxcel has grown into a leading designer and manufacturer of air conditioning solutions and complementary products for a variety of end markets around the world.
The company designs, manufactures and distributes market-leading products including air conditioners, furnaces, water heaters, cooking appliances, roofing products, sealants, window coverings, systems ventilation, fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) and composite panels for RVs; and air conditioning equipment for telecommunication shelters, schools and commercial / industrial industry serving specialty markets around the world.
Airxcel employees find opportunities to express their creativity and innovation, improve their training and be a productive member of the team in a supportive environment and continuous improvement.
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