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Boeing’s success fuels more hiring at Spirit AeroSystems

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at 11:05 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at 6:48 p.m.

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With the new year, Spirit AeroSystems is continuing to hire production workers to meet increased demand for Boeing commercial jetliners.

Wichita’s biggest employer is looking for 200 additional mechanics and inspectors in the first part of 2014, said Spirit spokesman Ken Evans.

“We have open positions right now, and we’re looking to fill them,” Evans said.

The company is also studying its needs for 2014 in its salaried work force.

“We’re not ready to make any announcements right now because that process is just beginning,” Evans said.

Spirit, which employs 10,800 in Wichita, began hiring hourly workers last year to meet rising demand.

“We had that hiring blitz at the end of the year all focused on the hourly work force,” Evans said. “We hosted a job fair that was very successful for us. We had a goal to hire 400 by the end of the year, and we met that goal.”

It also announced that it expects hiring to continue at least in the early part of 2014.

Most of the need stems from rising demand for Boeing’s 737 single-aisle aircraft and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, he said.

Spirit has increased 737 production to 42 units a month and 787 production to 10 units per month to meet demand.

Boeing has announced plans to further increase 737 production to 47 a month by 2017. And it is increasing 787 production to 12 per month in 2016 and 14 per month by the end of the decade.

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

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