Another business commits to proposed WSU Innovation Campus

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

WICHITA, Kan.-- Update

Wichita State University announced today that Wichita-based ABI Group of Companies has committed to be a tenant in the university's proposed Innovation Campus.

The ABI Group is currently headquartered in the Delano district, but is expanding its manufacturing and distributing operations across the city. The company provides support to general aviation, commercial airline and military aircraft manufacturers and operators with aerospace services and onsite technical support.

This week, Gov. Sam Brownback announced that the legislature is putting $2 million dollars into the creation of Innovation Campus and more technology jobs in Wichita.

"I think it's really great that the state's investing in Wichita State and I think it signals to us that they know that something good's going on here," said David Berry, student.

Also this week, the university announced the data-storage company, NetApp, will be the first partner for the Innovation Campus and new tech cluster.

Innovation Campus will have five buildings located at and near where the current Wheatshocker Apartments stand. It also includes the eventual relocation of the business school.

The new Innovation Campus will look at ways to commercialize technology and create more jobs in Wichita.

"We want to really spur entrepreneurship again in this town and really promote job growth. We have a lot of great ideas in the town, just beyond aerospace, that never get commercialized," said John Tomblin, vice president for research and technology transfer.

The plan is to demolish Wheatshocker Apartments in the fall and they hope to have the first building occupied by May 2016.

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