Some Facts About The New Facility
Cost: $20.4 Million
Scope: Two structures -- one a 90,000 square foot
flight/delivery building; the other, an 11,000 square foot aircraft
The project also expanded the current customer delivery center
by 11,000 square feet.
Groundbreaking: December 21, 2004
Completion Date: December 2005
Architect: McCluggage Van Sickle & Perry, based in Wichita,
General Contractor: Walz Harman Huffman Construction, Inc.,
based in Kechi, KS
Location: Cessna's Independence facility sits on a 213-acre
site. Current structures on the property include separate assembly,
paint and delivery facilities that total nearly 400,000 square
feet. Independence, Kansas, is located approximately 125 miles
southeast of Wichita in Montgomery County.
Visitors to Independence: Once complete, Cessna anticipates it
will deliver between 600-1,000 aircraft from this facility each
year. Typically, a minimum of two customers are involved in the
delivery process, which means Cessna's Independence facility could
host over 1,000 customers every year.
Employment/Jobs: Today, Cessna employs approximately
10,500 worldwide. Of these, approximately 625 are in Independence
(approximately 500 production and approximately 125 support
Approximately 500 additional jobs will be added to the
Independence workforce over the next several years.
At its peak construction phases, approximately 300 construction
workers will be on site. The majority of these will be from one of
the 15 southeast Kansas subcontractors Cessna has retained for
- Cessna has paid Independence employees over $171 million in
- Cessna has paid for over $1.2 million in tuition aid for
- Cessna's Independence facility has delivered over 5,400
aircraft to customers from 53 different countries.