Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is adding to its facilities at its complex in Chihuahua, Mexico. An 180,000-square-foot building will do sheet metal assembly for King Air turboprops and Hawker jet products, as well as electrical assembly.
“Since the opening of our first facility in Chihuahua in 2007, Hawker Beechcraft has established a visible presence in Chihuahua,” Hawker Beechcraft Chairman and CEO Bill Boisture said. “We have seen a high-level of quality and craftsmanship from the country’s skilled work force and have great confidence in their ability to assume additional responsibilities in the manufacturing process. We have also received great support from the state government, which has been a key factor in our development plans for Chihuahua.”
Hawker Beechcraft currently employs approximately 400 people in Chihuahua. With the opening of this new facility and a state-of-the-art sheet metal fabrication facility later this year, employment will reach approximately 1,000 people.
An important factor in the company originally selecting Chihuahua was the ability to train specialized operators for the aerospace industry through the High Technology Training Center Campus Chihuahua, a facility in Mexico for machining, sheet metal, painting and other techniques and processes that not only prepares specialized technicians, but also certifies them.