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NORDAM to close Wichita facility, affecting 75 workers

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WICHITA, Kan NORDAM on Friday announced it will be closing its Wichita office and moving the work done locally to its facilities in Tulsa.

The Wichita division designs and builds cabinetry for the business jet market.

The move affects about 75 Wichita employees, whom the company said in a news release it plans to give first opportunity at new jobs in Tulsa created by the consolidation.

NORDAM CEO Meredith Siegfried said the move was the result of “retrenchment in the light to medium business jet market the past three years” that meant the company could no longer sustain the Wichita division as a stand-alone facility.

The company emphasized that the move was not a reflection of the work force in Wichita.

“To the contrary, our Wichita stakeholders are excellent,” added Phil Marshall, vice president and general manager of the company’s interior and structures division. “Wichita is an exceptional community, and we appreciate the local support we have received over the years.”

NORDAM is headquartered in Tulsa, where it recently announced plans for 50,000- square-foot expansion for the interior and structures division.

The company opened its local facility, a 120,000-square-foot building at 9175 E. 35th St. North, in 2007.

Here is the company’s statement on its consolidation plans:

NORDAM, an independently owned and operated global aerospace company, announced plans today to consolidate its Wichita, Kansas division into its Interiors & Structures division located at its headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Wichita division designs and produces cabinetry systems for business jet customers. “The retrenchment in the light to medium business jet market the past three years affected our ability to sustain our Wichita cabinetry operation at a level where we could justify a stand-alone facility to support the business,” commented Meredith Siegfried, NORDAM’s chief executive officer. “The steady decline in this market segment over the past five years prompted us to reevaluate our Wichita facilities and develop options to improve the productivity of NORDAM operations. “The decision was a difficult one because of the impact it will have on our stakeholders,” said Siegfried. NORDAM calls its employees stakeholders. “We have a responsibility to them to be as respectful and sensitive as we can in order to minimize the impact.”

The decision affects approximately 75 stakeholders at the 120,000 square-foot Wichita facility, which opened in 2007. The company intends to offer the first opportunity to Wichita stakeholders to fill positions at its Tulsa facilities created by the consolidation. “We want to do everything we can for our stakeholders,” said Phil Marshall, vice president and general manager of NORDAM’s Interiors & Structures Division. “Our decision to consolidate should not be viewed as a reflection on the quality and caliber of our stakeholders in Wichita. To the contrary, our Wichita stakeholders are excellent. Wichita is an exceptional community, and we appreciate the local support we received over the years.”

NORDAM recently announced a 50,000 square-foot expansion of its aircraft Interior & Structures Division in Tulsa earlier this fall. The expanded facility will house new automated manufacturing equipment developed exclusively for NORDAM to support the company’s legacy and new businesses.

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