Sen. Moran, Rep. Estes Announce $103 Million in Grants for Kansas Aviation Manufacturers


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Congressman Ron Estes (KS-04) today announced $103,879,965 in grants for Kansas aviation manufacturers through the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection (AMJP) program. These funds will help Kansas aviation employers retain 4,284 employees. The AMJP program was created by legislation introduced by Sen. Moran and Congressman Estes.

“The aviation manufacturing industry in Kansas plays a critical role in providing our state with high-paying jobs and supporting commercial and general aviation across the country,” said Sen. Moran. “As our economy continues recovering from the pandemic, having a trained, fully-staffed workforce will help aviation manufacturers recover more quickly and meet the demand for new aircraft and repairs. I’m pleased the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program is providing support to this important industry and their invaluable workforce.”

“The skilled workforce in Kansas’ aviation manufacturing industry is critical to our communities and our economy. The Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program funds will provide stability for employees and keep them here in the Air Capital of the World,” said Rep. Estes. “This bipartisan, bicameral program is a common sense solution that directly benefits workers in Kansas, and I’m pleased that so many aviation manufacturers are receiving the assistance they need to keep building aircraft in the Sunflower State.”

The AMJP program provides funding to eligible businesses to pay up to half of their compensation costs for certain categories of employees, for up to six months. Sen. Moran and Congressman Estes hosted an information session in June with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) AMJP Program Director Elliott Black for aviation manufacturers in the Wichita area to learn more about the AMJP Program and ask questions directly to the program lead.

After receiving the first round of grant applications, the AMJP application was reopened from Aug. 4 – Sept. 1 to allow more businesses to apply. Businesses who applied in the second round are currently being evaluated by the Department of Transportation. The grant recipients below are from the first round of applicants.

Grant Recipients:

  • Aerospace Systems & Components, Wichita
  • Air Capital NDI, Wichita
  • Apex Engineering International, Wichita
  • B&B Airparts, Wichita
  • C.E. Machine Company, Wichita
  • Cox Machine, Wichita
  • DBA Kansas Coil Spring Co, Wichita
  • Dynamic NC, Rose Hill
  • Fiber Dynamics, Wichita
  • Global Aviation Technologies, Wichita
  • Goddard Machine, Wichita
  • H. M. Dunn Company, Wichita
  • Integrated Components, Wichita
  • Kelly Manufacturing Company, Wichita
  • KMI Inc, Mulvane
  • Learjet Inc, Wichita
  • Lee Aerospace, Wichita
  • Manufacturing Development Inc, Cheney
  • MAX Aerostructures, Wichita
  • Metal Arts Machine Co, Wichita
  • Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, Wichita
  • Millennium Machine & Tool, Newton
  • NWI Wichita, Wichita
  • Omni Aerospace, Wichita
  • Orizon Aerostructures, Kansas City
  • Rickman Machine Co., Wichita
  • Sinclair & Sons Custom Welding & Machining Service Inc, Wichita
  • Spirit AeroSystems, Wichita
  • Trinity Precision Inc, Wichita
  • United Machine Company Inc, Wichita
  • Winglet Technology, Wichita
Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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