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By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Aero systems engineering involves the use of technologies for the design, development, construction, testing, and operation of systems and components essential for aerospace transport. This includes aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, space systems, and engines for aircraft. A wide range of equipment, services, components, information systems is involved in the manufacturing process.

Spirit AeroSystems, the world’s largest aerostructure manufacturer and supplier. It uses research and emerging technologies to design, manufacture, assemble, and integrate components and structures for leading commercial and defense aerospace programs. The company is worth $7 billion and employs over 15,000 people worldwide. It is headquartered in Wichita, Kan, and exists in various locations such as Tulsa, McAlester, Kinston, Prestwick, Subang, and Saint-Nazaire.

Spirit AeroSystems recently announced plans to expand operations at its site in Tulsa, Okla. The company will hire over 250 employees and invest over $80 million in capital projects to support the production and assembly of the undercarriage. In 2019, the project will be started. The company has partnered with the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implementation Workers of America (UAW) for enhanced project expansion.

Spirit AeroSystems’ CEO, Tom Gentile, said, “The Spirit team in Tulsa has made great strides in improving the site's efficiency and demonstrating the capability to bring in additional work. The Tulsa site has a critical role in helping Spirit meet rising airplane production rates and pursue growth opportunities.”

The team has worked hard to identify the growth of the manufacturing expansion project of Tulsa. Spirit AeroSystems is investing $80 million for the project in line with the vision of the Tulsa airport infrastructure.

The project will increases in 737 production rates with new jobs by freeing up required space in Spirit's Wichita factory site. The manufacturing expansion will maximize operational efficiencies across Spirit’s locations. As production rates increase, the Wichita plant will continue to employ additional workers to meet the growing demand. Once the project starts, the infrastructure will be set up, and training for employees will be carried out. This project of manufacturing expansion in Tulsa is scheduled to be completed by 2021, and additional investments will be made in 2022 to upgrade equipment, tools, and facilities.

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