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Beechcraft to be bought by Textron

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Textron announced late Dec. 26 that it plans to buy Beechcraft, a leading manufacturer of small airplanes.

Wichita-Kan.-based Beechcraft makes business, special mission, light attack and trainer aircraft. Textron, of Providence, R.I., said the $1.4 billion acquisition will complement its Cessna small-aircraft business and produce "synergies" in operations and marketing. Textron also owns Bell Helicopter.

“The acquisition of Beechcraft is a tremendous opportunity to extend our general aviation business,” said Textron Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly. “From our customers’ perspective, this creates a broader selection of aircraft and a larger service footprint.”

Beechcraft, whose products range from the King Air 350i business aircraft to the T-6 military trainer, has struggled financially and emerged from bankruptcy in February. Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture said Textron’s “willingness to invest” in the 81-year-old Beechcraft in “a highly competitive environment” will “help us continue to satisfy our customers and meet our business objectives at a faster pace.”

The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2014 if approved by regulators.

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