TULSA — Tulsa-based aerospace company NORDAM has announced plans to close its plant in Wichita, Kan., and move the work to its Interiors & Structures division in north Tulsa.
NORDAM CEO Meredith Siegfried said in a statement Friday that a decline in the light-to-medium business jet market led to the decision to close the plant, which opened in 2007 and made cabinets for major airplane manufacturers.
“The steady decline in this market segment over the past five years prompted us to re-evaluate our Wichita facilities and develop options to improve the productivity of NORDAM operations,” she said
Siegfried said about 35 jobs will be transferred to Tulsa where the plant already has about 80 openings and that jobs will be offered to the displaced workers in Wichita.
“We have a responsibility to them to be as respectful and sensitive as we can in order to minimize the impact,” she said.
NORDAM has 2,500 employees around the world at facilities in Oklahoma, California, Brazil, Mexico, Singapore and the United Kingdom. About 2,000 of those employees are in the Tulsa area.
Tulsa Regional Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal called the announcement exciting news for northeast Oklahoma
“The fact that leading companies such as NORDAM are expanding their operations in Tulsa is a testament to the region’s strong commitment to helping businesses thrive and achieve their potential,” Neal said in a statement.
NORDAM makes airplane components for companies such as Boeing Co. and Airbus and also performs aircraft repairs for clients, including the U.S. military, according to the company’s website.
Last fall, NORDAM announced a 50,000-square-foot expansion to its Interiors & Structures Division in Tulsa, which should open near the end of 2014.
Siegfried expects NORDAM to make the transition to Tulsa between March and July.
NORDAM has had operations in Wichita since 2002, when it purchased an aviation interiors manufacturer and moved work on an Embraer project to Wichita.
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