Rep. Estes, Sen. Moran Announce $103 Million in Grants for Kansas Aviation Manufacturers

Washington, September 10, 2021 | Roman Rodriguez (316-262-8992)

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kansas) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) today announced $103,879,965 in grants for Kansas aviation manufacturers through the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection (AMJP) program. These funds will help Kansas aviation employers retain 4,284 employees.The AMJP program was created by legislation introduced by Rep. Estes and Sen. Moran.

“The skilled workforce in Kansas' aviation manufacturing industry is critical to our communities and our economy. The Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program funds will provide stability for employees and keep them here in the Air Capital of the World,” said Rep. Estes. “This bipartisan, bicameral program is a common sense solution that directly benefits workers in Kansas, and I'm pleased that so many aviation manufacturers are receiving the assistance they need to keep building aircraft in the Sunflower State.”

“The aviation manufacturing industry in Kansas plays a critical role in providing our state with high-paying jobs and supporting commercial and general aviation across the country,” said Sen. Moran. “As our economy continues recovering from the pandemic, having a trained, fully-staffed workforce will help aviation manufacturers recover more quickly and meet the demand for new aircraft and repairs. I’m pleased the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program is providing support to this important industry and their invaluable workforce.”

The AMJP program provides funding to eligible businesses to pay up to half of their compensation costs for certain categories of employees, for up to six months. Rep. Estes and Sen. Moran hosted an information session in June with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) AMJP Program Director Elliott Black for aviation manufacturers in the Wichita area to learn more about the AMJP Program and ask questions directly to the program lead.

After receiving the first round of grant applications, the AMJP application was reopened from Aug. 4 – Sept. 1 to allow more businesses to apply. Businesses who applied in the second round are currently being evaluated by the Department of Transportation. The grant recipients below are from the first round of applicants. 

Grant Recipients: 
Aerospace Systems & Components, Wichita
Air Capital NDI, Wichita
Apex Engineering International, Wichita
B&B Airparts, Wichita
C.E. Machine Company, Wichita
Cox Machine, Wichita
DBA Kansas Coil Spring Co, Wichita
Dynamic NC, Rose Hill
Fiber Dynamics, Wichita
Global Aviation Technologies, Wichita
Goddard Machine, Wichita
H. M. Dunn Company, Wichita
Integrated Components, Wichita
Kelly Manufacturing Company, Wichita
KMI Inc, Mulvane
Learjet Inc, Wichita
Lee Aerospace, Wichita
Manufacturing Development Inc, Cheney
MAX Aerostructures, Wichita
Metal Arts Machine Co, Wichita
Mid Continent Instrument, Wichita
Millennium Machine & Tool, Newton
NWI Wichita, Wichita
Omni Aerospace, Wichita
Orizon Aerostructures, Kansas City
Rickman Machine Co., Wichita
Sinclair & Sons Custom Welding & Machining Service Inc, Wichita
Spirit AeroSystems, Wichita
Trinity Precision Inc, Wichita
United Machine Company Inc, Wichita
Winglet Technology, Wichita

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