Key Boeing supplier may begin shedding workers


State News

January 8, 2020 - 9:54 AM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The looming production shutdown of Boeing 737 Max jets is taking a toll on a key supplier.

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. is asking employees if they will take voluntarily buyouts. Spirit suspended production of fuselages and other parts for the Max on Jan. 1, after Boeing told the Wichita, Kansas, company to suspend shipments.

Spirit employees learned about the buyout offer — with terms depending on union contracts for workers in Wichita, Tulsa and McAlester, Oklahoma — in a Monday memo from CEO Tom Gentile, who said the company still has no clear idea of when Max production will resume.

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