WICHITA, Kan., April 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (NYSE: SPR) announced today that its Wichita, Kan., facility has returned to full operations since sustaining structural damage as a result of a tornado on April 14, 2012. Operations were suspended through April 22, 2012, to ensure the safety of employees, evaluate damage, and initiate plans for systematically bringing production back online. All employees returned to work on April 23, 2012.
Ongoing assessments continue to indicate that damage is primarily limited to infrastructure, including buildings and utilities, and that production equipment is largely unaffected. Deliveries have been impacted and the company is developing recovery plans for these schedules.
"We are thankful for the safety of our employees and contractors both during the tornado and the cleanup effort," said Jeff Turner, president and CEO. "I am extremely proud of what the Spirit team has accomplished in the last week to bring us back online. It is a true testament to the strength of our team and our partnerships with unions, government, and the community."
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About Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Spirit AeroSystems, with headquarters in Wichita, Kan., USA, is one of the world's largest non-OEM designers and manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial aircraft. In addition to its Wichita and Chanute facilities in Kansas, Spirit has locations in Tulsa and McAlester, Okla.; Kinston, N.C.; Prestwick, Scotland; Preston, England; Subang, Malaysia; and Saint-Nazaire, France. In the U.S., Spirit's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components. Additionally, Spirit provides aftermarket customer support services, including spare parts, maintenance/repair/overhaul, and fleet support services in North America, Europe and Asia. Spirit Europe produces wing components for a host of customers, including Airbus.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business operations. Actual results or circumstances may vary materially from those indicated or implied in this press release as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including the accuracy or completeness of our initial assessment of damages; the availability of insurance to cover losses as expected; and our efforts to restore operations at our Wichita, Kan. facility in a timely manner; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed in Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
SOURCE Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
For further information:
Coleen Tabor, Investor Relations, +1-316-523-7040, or Ken Evans, Corporate Communications, +1-316-523-4070, both of Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.