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Wichita Metro Business & Industry Profile

Although Wichita may have achieved the reputation for an economy driven by aircraft manufacturing, the overall economy has also come to reflect diversity and dynamism. Wichita houses a variety of industries, providing products and services that are recognized world-wide. Thousands of talented, creative entrepreneurs also call Wichita home. There are approximately 15,000 business establishments in the Wichita metro area, 97% of which are small-to medium-sized firms with less than 100 employees.

Wichita Economic Indicators

Unemployment Rate
August 2012: 7.3%
August 2011: 8.3%

New Commercial Construction Building Permits (City of Wichita)
August 2012: 16
August 2011: 14

Single Family Home Sales (New and Existing)
August 2012: 745
August 2011: 702

National Indicators:
Consumer Price Index
August 2012: 230.4
August 2011: 226.5

Consumer Confidence Index
August 2012: 60.6
August 2011: 45.2

Average Bank Prime Rate
August 2012: 3.25%
August 2011: 3.25%


Major Employers - Local / Full Time

Company Product/Service Employment  
Spirit AeroSystems Aircraft Parts 10,800
Via Christi Health Health Care 6,338
McConnell Air Force Base Air Force Base 6,090
Unified School District 259 Wichita Public School District 5,342
Cessna Aircraft Aircraft 4,860
Hawker Beechcraft Aircraft 4,500 
State of Kansas State Government 3,893
City of Wichita Municipal Government 2,924
Bombardier LEarjet Federal Government 2,881 
Boeing Defense, Space & Security Aircraft Modification 2,500 
Bombardier Learjet Aircraft 2,800
United States Government Federal Government 2,737
Sedgwick County County Government 2,691
Koch Industries Manufacturing, Energy and Commodities 2,353
Boeing Defense, Space & Security Aircraft Modification 2,160
Wesley Medical Center Health Care 1,867
WIchita State University Public Higher Education 1,746
AGCO Corporation Agricultural Equipment 1,445
U.S. Postal Service Federal Mail Delivery Service 1,120
Unified School District 260 Derby Public School District 1,019
Cargill Meat Solutions Meat Products 1,000 
Johnson Controls - York Residential HVAC Manufacturer 1,000  
Cox Communications Broadband Communications and Entertainment Company 827
Unified School District 261 Haysville Public School District 732  
 Unified School District 265 Goddard  Public School District  681


Section Highlights:

The Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC): 

  • Specializes in one-stop project assistance to businesses interested in expanding and locating in the area.
  • Is a public-private partnership that works with companies to maximize the advantages of being in the Wichita area
  • Provides project management that mobilizes all available resources including site information, growth and expansion incentives and other resources as required.
  • Markets the region to targeted industry sectors throughout the world with a focus on the region’s manufacturing excellence, skilled workforce, supplier network, research capacity, skilled training opportunities and operational affordability.


Tim Chase
Sr VP Economic Dev & GWEDC President
Aeroflex Wichita, Inc. Airbus North America Engineering, Inc. Ambassador Hotel Wichita Apex Engineering International, LLC Armstrong Chamberlin AT&T Berry Companies, Inc. BKD, LLPBuilding Trades Council of Central & Western Kansas Butler Community College Capital Enterprises, Inc. Carlos O’Kelly’sCase New HollandCHOOSE Networks, Inc. Clear Channel Media + EntertainmentConco ConstructionCornejo & Sons Coventry Health Care, An Aetna CompanyCox Machine, Inc. Davis-Moore Automotive, Inc. Delta Dental of Kansas, Inc. Dillon Food Stores Dondlinger & Sons Construction Company Inc.Eby Construction Co. Envision, Inc. Friends University GLMV Architecture, Inc. Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau House of SchwanHigh Touch Technologies Hyatt Regency Wichita IBEW L.U. 271 - Electrical Workers IMA, Inc. Johnson ControlsKAKE-TV Kansas Health Foundation Kennedy and Coe, LLC Key Construction, Inc. Law Company Inc. LawKingdon Architecture LDF CompaniesLegacy BankLubrication Engineers, Inc. Martin Pringle Oliver Wallace & Bauer, L.L.P. Metro Courier, Inc. MKEC Engineering Consultants, Inc. Murfin Drilling Company Inc. NCRI -- National Catastrophe Restoration Inc. Newman University Occidental Management, Inc. Pioneer Balloon Company Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 441 Poet Ethanol Products Range Oil Company, Inc. Ritchie Exploration, Inc. Rusty Eck Ford Security 1st Title LLC Slawson Real Estate Company Star Lumber & Supply Co. Inc.TCK - The Trust Company of Kansas TECT Aerospace UCI United Way of the Plains Value PlaceWescon Controls CompanyWichita Area Assn. of Realtors Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) Wichita Business Journal Wichita Community Foundation Wichita Downtown Development Corporation Wichita State UniversityWichita Surgical Specialists, P.A.Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, Inc.Yingling Aviation