Spirit AeroSystems celebrates growth with new fabrication facility

WICHITA, Kan. Spirit AeroSystems says it's a big day, not just for the company, but for the City of Wichita.

Tuesday, Spirit unveiled the first of two Centers of Excellence, focused on the fabrication of complex commercial and military aircraft parts.

The new, five-axis Center of Excellence will utilize high-speed technology to specialize in large, complex soft-metal parts for fuselages, pylon and wing structures.

"What it enables us to do is make a lot of very complex parts where there is a lot of nooks and crannies, curves and twists and complex shapes," says Spirit AeroSystems CEO Tom Gentile.

The new facility is part of Spirit's plan to grow their fabrication capabilities to $1 billion.