Key Boeing supplier in Wichita may begin shedding workers

Posted at 1:03 PM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 14:03:36-05

WICHITA, Kan. — A key Boeing supplier is asking if employees will take buyouts after it suspended production of fuselages and other parts for the troubled 737 Max aircraft.

Spirit AeroSystems CEO Tom Gentile says the Wichita, Kansas, company will soon face difficult decisions about cutting jobs. He says Spirit still has no clear idea about when Max production will resume.  

The Boeing 737 represents more than half of Spirit AeroSystems' revenue.

Gentile says his company is talking to Boeing about "different scenarios but nothing has been decided."

The buyouts will be offered to all eligible employees in Wichita as well as those in Tulsa and McAlestar in Oklahoma.