Kansas Chamber 2016 Ad Astra Award Winner

January 6, 2016

TOPEKA, KAN. (January 5, 2016) - The Kansas Chamber is pleased to announce Spirit AeroSystems of Wichita as the 2016 Ad Astra award winner.

"Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world's largest independent producers of commercial aerostructures. They continuously share their success with the community and are truly one of Kansas' homegrown companies. We are proud to give the Ad Astra award to a company of such a caliber as theirs," said Kansas Chamber President and CEO Mike O'Neal.

The history of Spirit AeroSystems dates back to 1927, when aviation pioneer Lloyd Stearman moved his factory, Stearman Aircraft Company, from California to Wichita, Kansas. Today Spirit AeroSystems operate sites in the U.S., U.K., France and Malaysia. Nearly nine decades of expertise in the design and manufacturing of flight technology form the foundation of Spirit's vast present-day capabilities. With a highly skilled workforce and industry-leading, cost-saving technologies, Spirit AeroSystems is the partner of choice for designing, building and sustaining the world's premier aircraft.

Each year during the Annual Dinner, the Kansas Chamber hands out the Ad Astra Award, an honor presented to a business that exemplifies both business and civic excellence within the state. The Ad Astra Award is designed to recognize a Kansas business for its unique contribution to the economic health and welfare of the state. 

Headlining the 2016 Kansas Chamber's Annual Dinner as keynote speaker will be Charles Krauthammer, American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, author, political commentator, and physician. Presented by Security Benefit, 2015 Ad Astra Award Winner, the Chamber's dinner is the largest annual statewide gathering of business and political leaders in Kansas. 

For more information visit www.kansaschamber.org/16dinner.


The Kansas Chamber, with headquarters in Topeka, is the leading statewide pro-business advocacy group moving Kansas towards becoming the best state in America to live and work. The Chamber represents small, medium and large employers all across Kansas. The mission of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce is to continually strive to improve the economic climate for the benefit of every business and citizen and to safeguard our system of free, competitive enterprise.