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Center Industries wins Spirit AeroSystems contract

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, August 19, 2013, at 11:07 a.m.

A contract from Spirit AeroSystems to produce window belts will create 20 jobs at Center Industries Corp., the company said.

The window belts will be used on Boeing 737 Next Generation airplanes.

Window belt production is traditionally handled within Spirit, but the company outsourced the item to accommodate increased production rates, the company said.

Center Industries employs people who have physical disabilities.

“The addition of the new window belt production line is a testament to Spirit’s ability to embrace our mission of creating jobs for those who have fewer employment options, Joey Jackson, Center Industries president, said in a statement. “Our ongoing partnership with Spirit is an active and integral part of our current and future success.”

Center Industries has invested $7.5 million for the seven-year project, which included a 9,000-square-foot addition to an existing production building that is needed to accommodate the large machinery needed to make the window belts, the company said.

“We consider Center Industries a world-class, proven supplier,” Don Harris, supply chain director at Spirit, said in a statement. “We are proud to not only place business with a highly capable local manufacturer, but to also be a part of providing good jobs for individuals who otherwise have limited opportunities.”

Center began renovating the production building and obtaining equipment for the work last year, after signing the contract with Spirit in March 2012.

The first completed window belt was delivered to Spirit in May, the company said.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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