Advanced manufacturing company announces plan to expand Wichita workforce

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly discusses Airxcel's plans for expansion in Wichita.
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly discusses Airxcel's plans for expansion in Wichita.(KWCH 12)
Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 5:36 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - A local advanced manufacturing company on Wednesday, June 2, announced its plans for expansion in Wichita. Airxcel said it plans to expand capacity and grow its workforce to more than 700 employees at its Wichita facility.

Founded in 1991, Airxcel said it “is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of branded products for the global recreation vehicle (RV) and specialty HVAC markets.” The company operates its manufacturing facility north of downtown Wichita at 3050 N. St. Francis Street.

“With 18 manufacturing locations in six states and Italy, we are excited to expand and grow our workforce here in Wichita,” said Jeff Rutherford, Airxcel CEO. “Producing world-class products and providing our employees with competitive wages and benefits is something we take great pride in. We look forward to our future growth as a company and the Kansas economy as a whole.”

Airxcel said an increased market demand led to exponential job growth at its Wichita headquarters and to meet the demand, since it began hiring last year, the company has filled 265 jobs and more than $4 million in capital investment into its existing facility. Combined, Airxcel said the new jobs double its workforce in Wichita and that it is immediately hiring for 100 new jobs.

“Airxcel’s plans to double their workforce to over 700 employees and bring over $4 million in capital investment to our state will go a long way to support the Wichita area and our entire economy,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “Securing competitive expansions like Airxcel is key to our long-term economic growth, and I look forward to our continued partnership to bring more jobs and investment to our state.”

Greater Wichita Partnership Economic Development Director Brandon Findley said, “advanced manufacturing is a key focus of the Regional Growth Plan,” an economic strategy to grow the Greater Wichita region’s economy, attract new businesses and expand existing industries.

We were pleased to work with Airxcel and community partners to grow jobs and investment, and expand our manufacturing ecosystem,” Findley said.

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