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Spirit AeroSystems layoffs include Oklahoma workers

The company, based in Wichita, Kan., employs 3,000 Oklahomans at operations in Tulsa and McAlester.
BY DON MECOY Business Editor dmecoy@opubco.com Published: July 25, 2013
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WICHITA, Kan. — Spirit AeroSystems Inc. will lay off about 360 salaried support and management employees at its Oklahoma and Kansas facilities, the company said Thursday.

The company is offering affected employees severance benefits and career transition services, Spirit said. Thursday's announcement did not specify how many of its 3,000 Oklahoma employees would be laid off.

The layoffs are “a strategic move to make the company more competitive in a cost-sensitive environment, and results from an ongoing workforce assessment designed to reduce overhead costs, increase efficiency and drive improved performance,” the company said in a statement.

Spirit, based in Wichita, Kan., said it remains “a strong company with a robust backlog” of about $36 billion.

Spirit Aerostructures operations in Tulsa provide integrated wing structures and a line of aerospace products and services, including design, build, support and spares/repair. The Tulsa manufacturing facility also fabricates wing components and floor beams for several Boeing airliners, and parts for the military E3 AWACS aircraft.

A Spirit manufacturing facility in McAlester supports the company's Wichita and Tulsa sites with machined parts and subassemblies.