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The Associated Press January 10, 2012, 12:56PM ET

Learjet announces plan to expand Kansas operations

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and the head of Bombardier (bom-BAR-dee-yay) Business Air say an expansion of the company's Learjet site in Wichita will create 450 new jobs over the next seven to 10 years.

Bombardier President Steve Ridolfi and Brownback announced plans Tuesday for an expansion of the company's Flight Test Center, new facilities for paint and production, and a new delivery center. The expansion also will include establishment of a Bombardier Center of Excellence of Engineering and Information Technology.

The state is providing $16 million in financial support to go along with $600 million the company is spending to develop the Learjet 85 midsize jet and expand Learjet's Wichita facility.

Last week The Boeing Co. announced it was closing its Wichita facilities at the end of 2013.

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