Progress is continuing on schedule for Textron Aviation's parts and distribution expansion in Wichita, Kansas. All flooring, exterior walls, windows and roof are in place for the company's 180,000 sq ft parts warehouse expansion. Now, the team is focused on interior finishes, including wiring, painting and preparing the space for the thousands of Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker parts the company stocks and ships to support customers around the world.
The project, which broke ground in October 2022, is on track to be completed by the end of the year. The new footprint includes additional room for parts storage, warehouse space, offices and dedicated customer support analysts.
The larger footprint will allow Textron to continue to invest in inventory to support not only new models like the Cessna SkyCourier and Beechcraft Denali but to continue to bolster its stock levels for other product lines as well. The expansion will also make it easier for customers to conduct business with the company, giving them a dedicated lane to drop off or pick up parts in person and opportunities for consolidated shipments. The expanded operations will also provide expedited support to the company’s own Wichita Service Center.
The project features energy-saving LED lighting and high-efficiency systems and process improvements that will consolidate shipments and reduce vehicle travel by an estimated 40,000 miles annually.
Textron Aviation has seven distribution centres and 17 stockrooms around the globe. This Wichita location houses more than 120,000 parts and employs a team of more than 350 people to support distribution operations. This major growth in the company's parts distribution operations will better support customers who own and operate aircraft manufactured by Textron Aviation.