Some salaried workers at Spirit AeroSystems’ Kinston, N.C. plant may be laid off as one of its major programs there continues to transition from development to production.
Officials from the Wichita-based company said that as the work in Kinston on the Airbus A350 commercial jetliner transitions, there will be a “small number” of salaried employees who will be reassigned to other work at Spirit or laid off, without specifying the number of people affected.
“We did have some changes in our work statement” Spirit spokesman Ken Evans said. “It’s all on the salaried side of business. At the same time we are realigning and reducing some of our salaried workforce, we continue to expect measured hiring for hourly positions to support production rates.”
Spirit has about 440 employees in it´s 500.000-square-foot facility at N.C. Global TransPark in Kinston where the composite A350 center fuselage upper & lower shells and wing spar are manufactured.
These parts are sent by plane to Spirit´s European facilities in Saint-Nazaire (France) and Prestwick (Scotland) to complete the installation prior to deliver them to Airbus pre-FALs.
Based on the article “Spirit AeroSystems reducing N.C. workforce by a ‘small number’” published in the The Wichita Eagle