By Megan Strader
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
4:45 PM CST, February 25, 2011
Don McGinty was walking his machine shop with a little spring his step Friday.
"We have a chance to buy new equipment, hire new people and do long term planning."
McGinty Machining is a part of the tanker program team for Boeing. And with Boeing's modified 767 chosen to be the new refueling tanker, Don's hoping for some extra work in the coming years.
"It's going to create a good foundation for the city of Wichita to build on and for the manufacturing industry to build on."
Even suppliers who don't do work for Boeing are feeling a little more hopeful following the announcement.
"We do a lot of work for everybody else in town and I can't help but think that it's going to make everything better," explains Karl Jones, President of Buffco Engineering.
Buffco is a small Mulvane shop that would love to grow. "It might just entice people to let loose a little bit and loan people some more money and just kind of see things getting better."
And after two tough years he, and most everyone in aviation, are more than ready to see things turn around.
"If you're in this business you know what's going on and it will help everybody a little.
At least that's the hope.
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