WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update: Dec 6
Lt. Governor Colyer joined Spirit AeroSystems to announce a major expansion of its Wichita operations, including 1,000 new jobs and $1 billion in capital investment.
The company says the growth is fueled by increasing demand, growth in Spirit's Fabrication and Defense businesses and other new business pursuits.
“Our aim is to continue enhancing and expanding the partnership between the aviation industry, university research and development, and career and technical training, to ensure our state maintains its position as the Air Capital of the World," says Dr. Jeff Colyer.
The majority of the new job creation will be in the hourly ranks, including skilled sheet metal mechanics, composite technicians, CNC machine operators, and production.
Company officials say there will be a new building that will spread out on campus.
“It is exciting to see such a huge new investment by one our state’s leading aerospace industry leaders. This investment by Spirit AeroSystems, in both new facilities and more high paid Kansas workers, is evidence of the ongoing recovery in this industry which is vital to our state’s economy," says Nick Jordan, Interim Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce.
It will take 10 months to build and get the necessary equipment. Spirit says 800 jobs in 2018 and 200 more by 2019.
"These are high-paying, highly coveted aviation jobs. They will pump billions of dollars into our local economy over the next decade and beyond. Spirit is a great company, a wonderful community steward, and we worked very collaboratively to ensure they chose Wichita for this expansion," says Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell.
Spirit will also expand their Kinston plant. The company will invest over $55.7 million dollars at the Global TransPark over the next five years.
The company currently has two facilities at GTP.
Lt. Governor Colyer will join Spirit AeroSystems to make a major economic development announcement this week.
That announcement is set for Wednesday at Noon.
Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer says the announcement is in cooperation with Spirit and Wichita area development leaders.
No word yet on what the announcement will be. Eyewitness News will bring you updates as we get them.