Olathe uses tax incentives to draw aircraft supplier’s manufacturing plant from NKC

Kansas City-based Orizon Aerostructures plans to relocate its North Kansas City manufacturing operation to Olathe as the company seeks additional space to accommodate new contracts.

The Olathe City Council on Tuesday signed off on tax incentives that will help Orizon build a 207,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on 15.5 acres in the 56 Commerce Center Industrial Park at Old 56 Highway and Lone Elm Road. It caps off a three- to six-month process by city leaders to attract the aircraft supplier to Olathe.

“We have been looking forward to this day,” said Mayor Michael Copeland. “We’re so glad to partner with you on this very important project.” Orizon CEO Charles Newell told the council that once the building is completed, the company will move up to 65 employees from the North Kansas City facility to Olathe and add 100 more by the end of 2018. Newell said the company could create an additional 100 to 200 jobs in the next few years after that.

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