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Local and national business news for Wichita, Kansas.

Johnson Controls furloughing salaried employees in Wichita
The company has a total workforce of nearly 1,400 people in Wichita.

Kansas Labor department adding resources to address deluge of calls, claims
The Kansas Department of Labor received 877,000 attempted calls in a single day this week as the coronavirus pandemic began its deeper impact on the state's unemployment figures. Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday the state is moving "several dozen" employees temporarily to the Department of Labor to help residents needing answers to questions about unemployment and the process. Retired Labor Department employees have been asked to return, too. "I know it's been extremely difficult to get through on…

Textron taps market for $500M to add financial security amid pandemic
A 364-day term loan credit agreement strengthens cash position as full impact of COVID-19 "has not yet been ascertained."

Land near K-96, I-235 will be future site for commercial development
The rezoning of a sliver of land in northwest Wichita has paved the way for future commercial development.

How to report Sedgwick County businesses 'exploiting the loopholes' in stay-at-home order
While there haven't been any formal action taken, Wichita mayor Brandon Whipple said local law enforcement has had conversations with some Wichita businesses.

Boeing CEO: Industry recovery will be measured in years
The CEO of the Boeing Co. said Thursday that its commercial jet production will be impacted for years due to the aerospace fallout from COVID-19.   “It will take time for the aerospace industry to recover from the crisis. When the world emerges from the pandemic, the size of the commercial market and the types of products and services our customers want and need will likely be different,” CEO David Calhoun wrote in a letter to employees. “We will need to balance the supply and demand accordingly…

Nine-figure loan kickstarts another Nashville office tower project — this one backed by Wichita-based Koch Industries
This is now the 10th active construction loan in Nashville valued at $100 million or more — coming amid a coronavirus pandemic, and with the region already boasting the most office space under construction, relative to its existing supply, of any of the nation's 53 largest metro areas.

More than 54,700 Kansans filed for unemployment in a week
Initial unemployment claims in Kansas more than doubled in a week over a previous record as coronavirus spread and precautions continued to nearly shutdown the hospitality industry. Numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday showed more than 54,700 Kansans filed for unemployment for the week ending March 28. The previous week, more than 23,500 filed similar claims. Most claims are sure to come from the hospitality industry, as restaurants, bars, event centers, hotels and other similar…

Hobby Lobby stays open in Wichita under state's stay-at-home order, but is it essential?