WICHITA, Kan. - Spirit AeroSystems will be expanding production in Wichita, adding 1,000 jobs over the next two years.
The announcement was made Wednesday in one of the buildings at the Spirit complex in southeast Wichita, with lieutenant governor Jeff Colyer, Wichita city council members and Sedgwick County commissioners in attendance.
Spirit president Tom Gentile said increased air traffic is creating a greater demand for commercial aircraft, and he said the plant in Wichita will need to expand. The company will add 800 workers next year and another 200 in 2019 for a variety of needs. The company will also be making a $1-billion capital investment at its Wichita plant over the next five years.
Lieutenant Governor Colyer said "Spirit AeroSystems' $1 billion investment marks one of the largest economic development projects in Kansas history and will result in great career opportunities for over a thousand Kansans. I am thrilled that we were able to bring this project to fruition with our incredible partners at Spirit, and I look forward to seeing the impact their investment will have both on Wichita and the state as a whole."
The Wichita City Council and the Sedgwick County Commission will vote on providing a combined amount of up to $14.5 million for joint ownership in a building and other infrastructure needs. The state of Kansas will also contribute to the project, but a figure has not been finalized.