Spirit Aerosystems Not Planning Immediate Ramp Up

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Boeing Co. supplier Spirit Aerosystems is waiting for striking Machinists to vote on a tentative deal with Boeing before making decisions about its own schedule.

Spirit spokeswoman Debbie Gann said Tuesday that even if the Boeing contract is ratified, the Wichita-based company won't immediately resume full production. She says Spirit will have to sync its production schedule with Boeing's ramp up schedule.

Most of Spirit's 10,500 employees have been working a three-day work week since the strike began on Sept. 6. The company also warned employees earlier this month that it might look at a shutdown and temporary layoffs if the Boeing strike went on much longer.

Boeing is Spirit's biggest customer.

Gann says most of their employees are hopeful and excited about the tentative deal between Boeing and the Machinists union.

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