Independence, Kan., May 31, 2006 – Today, Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), marks a decade of producing Cessna’s single engine piston aircraft at the company’s manufacturing facility in Independence, Kan. More than 6,000 Cessna 172 Skyhawks, 182 Skylanes and 206 Stationairs have been built, painted, flight tested and delivered to customers since the Independence facility opened in 1996.
“Cessna is known as the company that teaches the world to fly – more people have learned how to fly in a Cessna single engine aircraft than in anything else,” said Cessna Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jack J. Pelton. “In total, Cessna has made more than 150,000 single engine piston airplanes, making Cessna’s single engine fleet the largest in the world. Today, we’re celebrating the Independence facility’s significant contribution to that legacy.”
Cessna is also commemorating the start of production of the Citation Mustang business jet in Independence, Pelton said.
“There is another cause for celebration – the very first Citation Mustang produced in Independence, Kan., will roll off the manufacturing line today,” Pelton said. “It will be the first business jet Cessna has ever produced outside of Wichita, Kan. Our Independence employees should be very proud of this and of all they’ve accomplished.”
To bring the Mustang to Independence, Cessna invested more than $20.4 million in building expansion, adding more than 120,000 square feet. The expansion includes a new flight test building, new paint facility and a new customer center with a showroom hangar where customers are first presented the keys to their new airplane.
“The next 10 years look equally bright in Independence,” Pelton said. “I see us continuing production of our single engine aircraft alongside the Mustang indicating continuing growth for Cessna in Montgomery County.”
Source: Cessna Aircraft Company
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