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Weatherly Aircraft to locate in Newton, KS

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Regional Efforts Bring Weatherly Aircraft Company to Newton, Kansas


Newton, Kan. – Through regional efforts, Harvey County Economic Development and the Greater Wichita Partnership worked with the Kansas Department of Commerce to assist Weatherly Aircraft Company in locating their headquarters and assembly operations to a 26,000 sq. ft. facility at the Newton City-County airport.

Weatherly Aircraft Company is an American agricultural aircraft manufacturer of planes designed for small grain farming. The company plans to add about 109 jobs in the next five years and invest over $1 million in capital investment.

Gary Beck, General Manager for Weatherly said, “As a first move to make Weatherly Aircraft Company’s new home in Kansas, we have selected hangar space at the Newton City-County Airport as an assembly facility for our model 620-B plane.  We appreciate the support we have been provided and will begin production within the first quarter of 2019.”

The City of Newton Commission and the Harvey County Commission voted to approve a five-year lease at a special joint meeting on Dec. 20th. Weatherly Aircraft will take possession in February, 2019 and be operational beginning March, 2019.

“Weatherly Aircraft will be a great addition to a growing list of dynamic manufacturers in Newton and Harvey County who are doing business all over the world,” said Bob Myers, Newton City Manager.

Harvey County Economic Development Executive Director, Beth Shelton said, “We are delighted to welcome Weatherly Aircraft to the Newton City-County Airport. This project is a wonderful example of collaboration between our city, county, region, and state working together to facilitate growth and create valuable jobs in Harvey County.”

 “This is another terrific development for the city of Newton, for our aviation industry, and for Kansas as a whole,” said Robert North, Interim Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce. “Weatherly Aircraft Company’s decision to move their manufacturing operations to Kansas is the right move for them. The amount of new employment opportunities coming to Newton is really extraordinary.”

“We were honored to support Weatherly Aircraft Company’s search for new facilities outside of California by demonstrating opportunities available throughout our region,” said Andrew Nave, Executive Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Wichita Partnership. “The Newton City-County airport provided an ideal site for this exciting aviation business and the City of Newton, Harvey County Economic Development and the Kansas Department of Commerce worked very collaboratively to make the business case to win this company to our region.”


For additional information, please contact:

Beth Shelton, Harvey County Economic Development (316) 283-6033

Bob Myers, City of Newton (316) 284-6001



About Harvey County Economic Development

Harvey County Economic Development is dedicated to the growth and advancement of Harvey County’s economy. We strive to maintain our economic health by supporting the business and industry we have while continuing the recruitment of new industry. We have a firm belief that the vitality of our economy is directly connected to the wellbeing of each resident. For more information, visit

About the Greater Wichita Partnership

The Greater Wichita Partnership works to align and focus organizations, industries, businesses, and leaders to cultivate the environment for businesses to succeed and grow in order to fast forward economic growth in the greater Wichita region. For more information, visit

Park Aerospace Plans 19 M Expansion in Newton, Kansas.

Park Aerospace Plans 19 M Expansion in Newton, Kansas.

Park Electrochemical Corp

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Topeka, KAN – Park Aerospace Technologies Corp. announced today that it will be undergoing a massive expansion in Kansas.

At a special joint meeting Monday, the Newton City Commission and Harvey County Commission approved a development agreement with Park for a $19 million expansion.

The expansion will allow Park to double its number of employees, with plans to go from the current 73 employees to 146 in the next five years. The company intends to build a new 90,000 square-foot facility in order to accommodate the increased workforce, as well as to create more production space.

 “This is a company that has been doing business successfully in Kansas for many years, and we at the Department of Commerce couldn’t be happier to hear that they’re expanding,” said Robert North, Interim Secretary for the Kansas Department of Commerce. “Kansas will continue to be a great place for Park Aerospace Technology Corporation and its employees. Instances like this, where companies are able to grow and thrive in Kansas, are exactly what we like to see.”

As part of the agreement, the City declared a good-faith intention to grant a 10-year, 100 percent tax abatement on the new facility. The land will be leased to the company, with lease payments waived for the first 10 years. The City also agreed to build the new drive entrance on the south side of the new facility, with the cost to be shared between the City and County. The City also will waive building permit fees and utility hookup fees for the new facility.

About Park:

Melville, New York-based Park Electrochemical develops and manufactures advanced composite materials for the aerospace industry. Park’s principal manufacturing site has operated at the Newton City/County Airport since 2008. It also runs a satellite facility in Singapore.

Additional information about the company is available at