Spirit ramps up Tulsa facility production

Work weeks had been trimmed in the wake of the Boeing machinists strike.

The Tulsa World reported on Jan. 28 that Spirit AeroSystems Inc. (Wichita, Kan.) has returned its Tulsa, Okla., aircraft component plant to full employment after four months during which half of its employees worked three-day weeks in conjunction with a strike at The Boeing Co.

“We are pretty much at full employment now,” said Joe Jarrett, Spirit’s director of administration and government relations. “On new programs — Gulfstream [G650 business jet] — some people are working overtime,” he said. “Boeing demand is back to normal.”

Spirit employs 1,800 people in Tulsa and 280 in McAlester. The company also has a factory in Wichita where 10,300 people build fuselage sections for Boeing commercial jets. About half of Spirit/Tulsa’s employees who work on Boeing commercial aircraft programs shifted to three-day work weeks in September after the 27,000-member International Association of Machinists went out on strike against Boeing in a contract dispute. The strike was settled in late October.

Spirit’s Tulsa personnel assemble wing components for every Boeing commercial aircraft except the 717. Spirit/Tulsa fabricates 2,100 lb/952 kg of composite leading edges and 1,700 lb/771 kg of movable leading edges for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.

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