Spirit to invest $1 billion to expand in Wichita

Spirit AeroSystems announced plans for major expansion and growth, including the addition of 1,000 jobs and capital investments totaling $1 billion over the next five years at its Wichita, Kan., facility.

The growth is fueled by a number of factors: increasing production rates on existing commercial aircraft programs, growth in Spirit’s Fabrication and Defense businesses and other new business pursuits.

Spirit President and CEO Tom Gentile made the announcement with local and state government leaders in Wichita.

Wichita is our headquarters and the hub of our operations,” said Spirit President and CEO Tom Gentile. “Our workforce is unparalleled, with generations of aircraft employees who have worked in our plant. And now future generations will have those same opportunities. We are proud to partner with the city, county and state to bring new jobs and investment to the community and help ensure Wichita remains the Air Capital of the World.”

The majority of the new job creation will be in the hourly ranks, including skilled sheet metal mechanics, composite technicians and CNC machine operators.

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