Positive Hiring Trend Continues In Kan., Tenn., Ill.

Bombardier Business Air will create 450 jobs in Wichita, Eagle Bend will add 188 jobs in Clinton, Tenn., and Coyote Logistics will hire 400 in Chicago.

Learjet announces plan to expand Kansas operations 

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — 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.

Magna unit to expand in Tenn., add 188 jobs 

CLINTON, Tenn. (AP) — Magna International Inc.'s Eagle Bend Manufacturing unit is planning a $64 million expansion of its Clinton plant over the next five years.

The move is expected to create 188 new jobs. Eagle Bend is an automotive parts supplier for manufacturers of cars and light trucks worldwide.

According to a news release from the state Department of Economic and Community Development, the Eagle Bend facility has operated in Anderson County since 1987 and employs more than 600 people.

The first phase of the expansion will begin this quarter.

Newly created jobs will include assembly, laser and press operators and maintenance.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced the expansion on Monday.

Coyote Logistics to add 400 jobs in Chicago 

CHICAGO (AP) — Freight company Coyote Logistics plans to add 400 new jobs in Chicago this year.

According to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, the expansion will increase the number of Coyote Logistics employees in the city's Green Exchange to 1,000. The Green Exchange is part of an initiative designed to promote environmentally sustainable businesses.

The mayor's office says the positions will be focused on sales, operations and technology.

Coyote Logistics moves freight across North America and specializes in fleet backhaul. That means customer's trucks are used to transport other customer's loads on return trips, which reduces empty miles and carbon emissions.

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