Olathe-based Butler National Corp. has purchased a Clay County provider of precision machine parts. The $2.9-million deal closed in mid-January.
According to a release, the acquisition of KC Machine will complement Butler National’s work in the aircraft structural modification and maintenance, repair and overhaul space.
Butler officials said KC Machine’s high-quality precision machine parts was key to the move. “The acquisition brings significant synergy to Butler National,” Chris Reedy, who became CEO in May, said in a release. “With the increased level of our aircraft modification activity, the need for parts and skilled workers to cost-effectively fabricate parts, this acquisition makes tremendous sense. We anticipate a seamless integration of KC Machine into Butler National while maintaining its existing business levels.”
According to the release, “Butler National plans to continue promoting the KC Machine name and maintain the existing culture at the facility, which already mirrors its own values.”
Butler National has wide-ranging operations that include developing and installing modifications for civilian aircraft; supplying electronics for commercial and military aircraft; managing the Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City, Kansas; and owning Olathe architecture firm BCS Design Inc.
KC Machine’s Excelsior Springs facility consists of a 3.5-acre site with nearly 17,000-sq.-ft. of floor space, and the location can work on very large equipment. The staff of employees include journeyman machinists and service techs with a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds.