Cessna Dedicates New Plant — In Mexico

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Cessna and its parent company Textron dedicated a new parts factory in Chihuahua, Mexico, last week that officials from both companies seem to think is the shape of things to come. "We believe the Textron Aerospace Mexico facility is a positive step toward expanding Cessna's global presence as we continue to ensure Cessna products remain competitive in the world-wide aerospace market," Cessna Senior Vice President of Integrated Supply Chain Ron Alberti told Jobwerx.com. The Mexico plant makes wiring harnesses for Cessna jets and employs 138 people in a 62,000-square-foot facility. Meanwhile, back in Wichita, aircraft parts suppliers gathered to look at the future of their business.

The forum, sponsored by Cessna, drew suppliers from all over the U.S. and focused on strategies small-to-medium-sized firms can use to serve the large manufacturers. One trend is for manufacturers to subcontract entire assemblies, not just the parts needed to make them. Thatís forced the suppliers to act more like the manufacturers in terms of supply chain management. "I cannot afford disruptions in my flow," B.J. Schramm, of Hitco Carbon Composites, in Gardena, Calif., told the forum.