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Spirit AeroSystems to close plant in McAlester, move work there to Tulsa and Wichita facilities

Spirit AeroSystems to close plant in McAlester, move work there to Tulsa and Wichita facilities

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In announcing the closure of Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems’ facility in McAlester on Thursday, the company said the work performed there will begin moving to facilities in Tulsa and Wichita over the next several months.

Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems plans to close its facility in McAlester, the company said Thursday.

Over the next several months, Spirit will begin moving the work currently performed in McAlester to facilities in Tulsa and Wichita, the company said in a news release. A residual amount of work will be handled by regional suppliers.

Spirit didn’t immediately disclose how many employees would be affected in McAlester. But in January, when Spirit announced 130 layoffs in McAlester and planned layoffs in Tulsa, a reported 300 worked in McAlester and 1,400 in Tulsa.

“Due to the downturn in the commercial aviation market caused by the global pandemic and the effect on our business from the grounding of the 737 MAX, Spirit AeroSystems now has an excess of production capacity across our global operations,” the company wrote in the release. “The fall-off in airline travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced overall demand for new commercial airplanes.

“In a matter of months, Spirit’s production rates for commercial aircraft fell from historic highs to much lower volumes. Airline travel, and corresponding demand for new airplanes, is not returning as fast as expected at this point. As a result, we continue taking steps to restructure our company for a protracted market downturn, including consolidating certain operations.”


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