Spirit plans $1 billion investment, more jobs in Wichita

In a huge dose of good economic news for Wichita, Spirit AeroSystems announced Wednesday it would add 1,000 jobs and invest $1 billion in its factory.

“When you think about economic development, this announcement actually places us in a very distinctive class of cities across the country,” Greater Wichita Partnership president Jeff Fluhr said. “A project consisting of this magnitude of employee growth and investment is considered a mega project. And I will tell you that in a given year there are very few across the country that exist.”

It is the largest jobs announcement made in the area since at least the recession of 2009, officials from the Greater Wichita Partnership said. The jobs to be added over two years will pay an average of $56,000 a year, not including bonuses and overtime. Most will be hourly, including sheet metal mechanics, composite technicians and CNC machine operators.

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