BellÂ has opened an officeÂ in Wichita, Kan., that will house the TextronÂ subsidiary's corporate, manufacturing, supply chain and engineering functions and programs that support aerospace customers.
The new facility is part of anÂ investment to grow Bell operationsÂ after the U.S. Army selected theÂ aircraft manufacturer to participate in two of the service branch'sÂ modernization programs,Â TextronÂ said Thursday.
â€œBell adding a Wichita location will help us as we continue to work to attract jobs to Wichita and provide employment for our world-recognized engineering and aviation workforce," saidÂ Brandon Whipple, the mayor of Wichita.
The military rotocraft maker seeks to expandÂ the number of its employees and systemsÂ at the facility.
Astronics, Collins Aerospace, GE Aviation, ITT-Enidine, L3Harris Technologies, Parker Lord, Mecaer Aviation, MOOG andÂ TRU Simulation + Training are part of the industry team that will help build theÂ Bell 360Â aircraft offering for the FARA program.