CHANUTE, Kan. (AP) _ Spirit Aerosystems, the company formed from
Boeing Commercial Airplanes' spinoff of its Wichita operation, has
opened a new manufacturing plant in southeastern Kansas.
Ribbon-cutting for the 55,000-square-foot plant in Chanute took
place Thursday, although operations began more than a month ago.
Spirit president and CEO Jeff Turner joined Gov. Sam Brownback and
other officials for the ceremony.
The Chanute plant will perform small aircraft sub-assembly bench
work for Spirit. The company's main Wichita plant makes airliner
components for Boeing and other plane manufacturers, including
fuselages and cockpits.
The new plant opened with 16 workers. The company eventually
aims to employ up to 150 people. Employees are being recruited and
trained through a partnership of Spirit, the state and Neosho
County Community College.