LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Chinese firm will locate a small manufacturing plant in Lawrence to build propellers.

The company, Sterna Composite Aircraft, will build the plant as part of a joint venture with Lawrence-Based DARcorporation. The propellers built at the plant will power everything from drones to airboats.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports ( ) the plant will create 10 new manufacturing jobs by the end of the year, with perhaps dozens more in future years.

Sterna currently produces composite propellers in China but wants to target the U.S. market.

DARcorporation president Willem Anemaat says his company has worked with Sterna previously and promoted Lawrence for the company's U.S. headquarters.

Anemaat said the long range plan is to have the joint venture company certified by the Federal Aviation Administration to produce propellers for larger aircraft.


Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World,