Tue, Feb 15, 2011
Spirit AeroSystems Added Jobs In 2010
Three aviation companies in Wichita are approaching 2011 with a
certain amount of optimism, but all recognize that the aviation
industry is not out of the woods yet.
Spirit AeroSystems credits work from companies like Boeing for
keeping them afloat during the recession. Not only has Spirit not
laid off workers during the downturn, they report that they
actually hired workers during 2010.
But it's no secret that two of Wichita's mainstays ... Cessna
and Hawker Beechcraft ... have not fared as well during the
recession. Cessna laid off more than half its workforce, and there
were similar deep cuts at HBC. In fact, there were rumors that
Hawker might pull our of Wichita entirely and move to
But television station KWCH reports that all three companies are
cautiously optimistic about the coming year. Cessna's Jack Pelton
told the station that he is seeing a positive trend in the economy,
and that Cessna set records for orders at the end of last year.
HBC's Bill Boisture also says he thinks things are on a slow upward
trend. He said his company is now firmly committed to Wichita. And
Spirit AeroSystems COO Buck Buchanan told the station that all
three companies expect growth in the next two to four years in
their product lines.
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