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Wichita Metro Workforce Profile

Knowledge & Skill Base

Manufacturing is one of Wichita major industries. Much of the Wichita area workforce is accustomed to shift work due to the area's industrial history. Large manufacturers commonly run traditional 3-shift operations or flexible 24-hour schedules. The labor force is highly skilled, in large part due to the high concentration of manufacturing firms in the area using high technology design and production methods. Wichita area manufacturers also utilize these precision production skills to produce high value-added products such as industrial-commercial machinery, computer equipment, fabricated metal products, instrumentation and controls, photographic equipment, plastic and composite products, chemicals, petroleum refining equipment and electronic equipment.

For current labor data and educational attainment statistics, visit the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition's (GWEDC) website. GWEDC is a Chamber affiliate.

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.


David Bossemeyer
VP-Business Development