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40 years ago: King Radio to build Lawrence plant

March 28, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 28, 1973:

Officials of King Radio Corp. of Olathe today announced plans to open a facility in Lawrence. The vice presidents of operations and manufacturing said that the assembly-manufacturing plant would be operating by April 9 with more than 20 persons expected to be on the payroll at that time. King manufactured airborne electronic navigation, communication, and flight control equipment for private, corporate, and commercial aircraft. Employment for the Lawrence plant was expected to reach 125 as soon as possible, with the strong possibility of the workforce expanding to about 250. The facility was to be located at 724 Connecticut, where King had signed a lease for 15,000 square feet of space. "We are pleased to be coming to Lawrence," said Bob Dunn, vice president of operations, adding that the selection factors had included "availability of a good work force, the possibility of hiring good, technical-type people, and the availability of a good plant site."


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