International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 70 is located in Wichita, Kansas, home of the “Fighting Machinists”. Our District has a brilliant Kansas history. District Lodge 70 was charted March 24, 1942, and included the following Local Lodge’s: 708, 774, 784, 733, 778, 779, 781, 794 and Local Lodge 834 was added May 1942.
Roosevelt Local Lodge 1308 was chartered April 27, 1934, making it the oldest local among District 70 affiliates. Members of LL 1308 were employed by Santa Fe Railroad and Continental Bus company garages. Due to the closing of Santa Fe and Continental facilities in Wichita, LL 1308 was merged with LL 708 on August 31, 1987.
|Local Lodge 639 – Bombardier/Learjet||Local Lodge 839 – Spirit Aero Systems|
|Local Lodge 708 – Garnett/Jobbers, Sherwin Williams, CSRA, DynCorp, Goldbelt Falcon, T.R.D.I.||Local Lodge 1989 – Great Bend Industries/Tyson Meats|
|Local Lodge 774 – Textron Aviation (Cessna & formerly LL733 Beechcraft, merged in 2014)||Local Lodge 2799 – Johnson Controls, & in 2018 merged Nortrak (Formerly LL 1992)|
A large part of our District is comprised of members associated with the Aviation and Aerospace industry for more than 75 years including Boeing, Cessna, Raytheon, and Bombardier Learjet. Wichita Kansas has been considered the Air Capital of the world since the late 1920s. First as a self proclamation, but today as the city produces more aircraft than any other city on earth. Wichita is home to Cessna, Hawker/Beechcraft (Travel Air), Learjet, Spirit Aero Systems and Stearman/Boeing Plant II etc. through various buy outs and name changes.
The various work our members perform has a huge economic impact to the local and State economy. Members pay taxes and purchase goods and services throughout the community allowing for a better standard of living and in turn, helping to provide better local and State services for everyone.
The District membership contributes annually to a variety of local and national charities such as KANSEL, the Lord’s Dinner, United Way of the Plains and Guide Dogs of America. We actively participate in local community outreaches and community projects that benefit our community as a whole like; appropriating the District Lodge building to the Red Cross as a disaster headquarters for the tornado of 1999, contributing to the remodel of KANSEL headquarters and constructing playground equipment for Rainbows United. Our members give generously throughout the year and especially during the holiday season to help those less fortunate than themselves.