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Spirit AeroSystems lays off another 150 salaried workers

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013, at 9:26 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.

In a second round of cuts, Spirit AeroSystems was laying off 150 salaried employees and managers in Wichita Thursday morning, Spirit said.

A significant number of Spirit salaried employees also expressed interest in voluntary retirement and voluntary layoff programs the company is offering, the company said.

The layoffs include 118 employees represented by Spirit’s engineering and professional and technical units, according to the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace spokesman Bill Dugovich. That includes 34 from SPEEA’s engineering unit and 84 from its professional and technical unit.

Those laid off on Thursday will receive two months pay, a severance package and career transition services. Thursday was to be their last day at work.

The reductions follow a July layoff of 360 salaried employees and managers in Wichita and Tulsa, a move to reduce overhead and operate more efficiently, Spirit said.

Employees had until last Friday to indicate interest in voluntary layoffs and until midnight Wednesday to indicate interest in voluntary retirements.

“We have the entire potential pool now,” said Spirit spokesman Ken Evans.

The company will hold meetings with them next week. They have 45 days to determine whether to move forward with the separations.

Evaluations will continue “throughout the year,” the company said in a previous e-mail.

Spirit’s hourly workers are not affected by the reductions.

In fact, the company is hiring several hundred more factory workers, including assembly, composite, metals and process mechanics and quality inspectors.

“These company actions to balance the work force are being taken to meet record demand from customers, and become more competitive in a cost sensitive environment,” Spirit said in a statement. “Spirit is already producing at record rates and ramping up for further increases later this year and in early 2014.”

Its order backlog remains about $38 billion.

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

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