Nordam announced on January 10 that it is consolidating its Wichita business jet design and production facility into its Interiors & Structures division at Nordam headquarters in Tulsa, Okla. The move affects about 75 people who work at the Wichita branch, which opened in 2007 and covers 120,000 sq ft. Nordam is offering first opportunities for jobs in Tulsa to the Wichita employees. In Tulsa, Nordam is adding a 50,000-sq-ft expansion of the Interior & Structures division, scheduled to open later this year.
Nordam CEO Meredith Siegfried cited the “retrenchment in the light to medium business jet market [during] the past three years” for making it impossible to “justify a stand-alone facility to support the business. 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.”
Phil Marshall, Interiors & Structures division v-p and general manager, added: “Our decision to consolidate should not be viewed as a reflection on the quality and caliber of our stakeholders in Wichita. To the contrary, our Wichita stakeholders are excellent. Wichita is an exceptional community, and we appreciate the local support we received over the years.”