** FILE ** In this Feb. 19, 2008 file photo from Singapore, a model of a Boeing 737 is seen at the Boeing booth at the exhibition hall of the Singapore Air Show. Boeing Co., the world's second biggest commercial airplane manufacturer, on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 said that it earned a better-than-expected $1.2 billion in the first quarter, a 38 percent increase from a year ago as its backlog of orders grew to a new record high. (AP Photo/Maye-E Wong, file)
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Top executives from the Boeing Co. are in Wichita to celebrate the tornado recovery efforts by parts supplier Spirit AeroSystems.
Kent Fisher is the vice president of supplier management for Boeing commercial airplanes. He told Spirit workers Monday that Spirit AeroSystem never missed a shipping date to Boeing after the Spirit plant was hit by a tornado April 14.
He says the incredible recovery effort is going to make the relationship between the two companies even stronger.
The tornado struck the Spirit's Wichita plant while about 200 employees took refuge in storm shelters. The storm damaged 40 buildings.
Employees and contractors restored power and water, repaired buildings and brought critical equipment online in the following days. All 10,800 Spirit workers were making parts for Boeing within eight days.