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Wichita company buys machines, hires workers

A local manufacturing company announced Tuesday that it will buy new machines and expects to hire more workers.

TECT Power makes large metal rings, mainly used in jet engines for commercial and military aircraft.

On Tuesday, the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition announced that local and state governments have promised incentives to help TECT Power.

The Wichita City Council and Sedgwick County Commission will vote on the incentives in coming weeks.

In return for the incentives, the company has pledged to spend $2.7 million on equipment and renovations and hire 26 new workers over the next five years.

"The orders we now have we can do on our existing equipment," said general manager Derek Hallmark. "But the expansion will take us to the next level."

The plant, which employs 15 people, recently rehired two workers and added a second shift because orders are up.

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