Spirit AeroSystems to add 1k Wichita jobs

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer speaks at a news conference late last month at the Kansas Statehouse

Since 2005, Spirit AeroSystems also has diversified as a major component assembly supplier for Airbus, but mainly at other sites than Wichita.

Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems will spend $1 billion to expand its operations and add 1,000 jobs in the area, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer announced Thursday. About 11,000 Wichita workers are employed by Spirit.

The new jobs and plant growth aren't tied to any specific program, but rather to many, including the 737 Max, 787 and defense work such as the B-21 Bomber. "Spirit is a great company, a wonderful community steward, and we worked very collaboratively to ensure they chose Wichita for this expansion".

The release called the project "one of the largest economic development projects in the state's history". "I am thrilled that we were able to bring this project to fruition with our incredible partners at Spirit, and I look forward to seeing the impact their investment will have both on Wichita and the state as a whole".

Spirit AeroSystems describes the proposed new building as a multi-use facility to support "several parts of the business", but details about its size are unavailable.

Gentile said the company needs to grow and is out of room.

"We are literally bursting at the seams", Gentile said. The company would only say that a news conference was scheduled, but Colyer said a major announcement would be made.

Spirit is working with Wichita, Sedgwick County and the state to build a $14.5 million building that it will lease on the north side of its property.

The Wichita facility produces fuselage and propulsion systems for aircraft.



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