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LMI reorganizes aerostructures business into three centers

LMI Aerospace said Monday it has reorganized its aerostructures business into three centers.

The St. Louis-based company that operates aerospace parts supplier facilities in Wichita said the “centers of excellence” will be divided into assembly, machining, and fabrication and composites.

LMI said each center will have a vice president/general manager, who will report to Joe DeMartino, chief operating officer of aerostructures.

“The management of our 18 facilities under three COEs gives us a unique and exciting opportunity to streamline our internal processes, improve synergies and implement best practices,” DeMartino said in the release. “We believe this new structure will increase organizational clarity and provide better service to our customers, improving both our overall performance as well as our competitive posture.”

LMI spokeswoman Deb Guse said Monday that the reorganization would not affect its employment in Wichita or elsewhere in the company.

LMI has 151 employees in Wichita.

The company said as part of the reorganization it has promoted Scott Underwood and David Fillmore to vice president and general manager; Underwood will lead machining, and Fillmore will lead fabrication and composites centers. It said it hired former GKN Aerospace vice president Keith Schrader to lead the assembly center.

Guse said under the reorganization, the facility at 2621 Esthner Court will operate under the fabrication and composites center, while its facility at 2853 S. Hillside will operate under the machining center.

LMI also has Kansas facilities in Cottonwood Falls, Fredonia and Lenexa.

Reach Jerry Siebenmark at 316-268-6576 or jsiebenmark@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @jsiebenmark.

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