Dreamliner Production Pushes Local Business To Expand

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Tuesday, January 24, 2011

A local aviation supplier is expanding and has plans of doubling its employment. FMI is a machine shop in Park City that makes parts for the 787 Dreamliner. With Boeing ramping up production rates on the Dreamliner, the workload at FMI is expected to grow.

FMI has almost doubled the size of their facility to 66,000 square feet. There's still work to be done on the new building before machines and employees can return.

FMI President Rick Nutt says they're expanding in response to Boeing's increased production rates.

"All the rates are coming up but what we're really excited about is the 787. The Dreamliner came to town this week. We share a part of that," said Nutt. "This building, we would not have pulled the trigger on this if it had not been for the success of the Dreamliner."

FMI is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary. A year from now, Nutt says some of their employees will move into the new building.

"We currently employe about 115-120 people. We'd like to see at least that many people or more in this facility when it's ramped up and going," said Nutt.

Nutt believes Wichita's economy will grow along with Dreamliner production rates.

"We've invested in this opportunity to be part of that. And you'll see later on as the 787 increases the rate all of Wichita will prosper for that," said Nutt.

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