An aircraft parts manufacturer, Triumph Group Inc., has begun a move from Grandview to a new 156,000-square-foot building in Logistics Park KC in Edgerton.
The move across the state line won’t be completed until June 2017.
Meanwhile, the company based in Berwyn, Pa., has put on the market its current buildings at 4020 E. 138th St. The Grandview site employs about 180 in a multi-building complex that was built in 1973 and bought by Triumph in 1998.
Michele Long, Triumph’s media contact, said 80 percent of the current workers are expected to make the move to the new plant.
The company held a ribbon-cutting event on Monday at the new facility, but it will take months to become operational.
Triumph is relocating under a long-term lease with NorthPoint Development. Clayco Construction built the new facility, where the company’s Precision Components business unit will make small and medium-sized components from aluminum and hard metal alloys. Products include landing gear assemblies and multiple other aircraft parts.
Rick Rosenjack, executive vice president of the business unit, said the new location was chosen for its logistics benefits as well as “strong support from the state of Kansas and the local community in Edgerton.” Neither the company nor the state specified the economic development enticements.
Under a pre-negotiated agreement by BNSF, Edgerton and NorthPoint, Logistics Park tenants make payments in lieu of taxes based on a rate of 21 cents a square foot for 10 years.
Triumph already operates two other factories in Kansas, one in Wichita, employing about 175, and one in Wellington, employing about 115.