...Cessna Builds Mexican Wiring Plant
Mexico is also a factor in the latest news from Cessna. The company announced last week that it's building a 62,000-square-foot plant in Chihuahua where wire harnesses and "small sheet metal parts" will be manufactured. The move eliminates 110 jobs in Wichita and Cessna wouldn't tell the Wichita Business Journal how much the new facility is costing. "We're doing it to not only improve our business processes, but to improve our costs," said Cessna spokesman Dick Ziegler. Ziegler told the Business Journal that the Mexico plant will help make the company more competitive. "And I don't know of any business, in any industry, that is engaged in manufacturing that doesn't look for ways to cut costs." The American employees losing their jobs will have the chance to apply for other openings. The new plant opens next March. Raytheon moved its wire harness work to Mexico in 2003 but it's having them built by a contractor there.