Spirit AeroSystems Closed | Workers Told to Stay Home

Spirit AeroSystems Closure Update

Spirit AeroSystems will be closed on April 16, Monday and April 17, Tuesday, and it is likely the facility will be closed longer as result of a direct Tornado Strike.  Per a company release, all operations are suspended.  Employees have been instructed to not report to work unless specifically requested.

Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas, along with nearby Boeing Wichita, and the Kansas Aviation Museum took significant damage from a tornado on Saturday.

While nothing official has been said, this has great potential to disrupt building of commercial aircraft at both Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Airbus Industries.

Significant damage was sustained at a number of buildings at Spirit AeroSystems, including one building that appears pancaked.   Six buildings took significant damage while an additional four buildings are being reported as damaged.

Despite the bad news, there is hope from Spirit AeroSystems CEO, Jeff Turner.  Turner has stated most capabilities are intact despite the damaged buildings.  The best news out of all this is all employees at Spirit AeroSystems are safe and accounted for.

Electricity, Gas and water lines are shutoff in the area.  Crews are inspecting buildings for structural integrity, environmental conditions and operations.  Spirit AeroSystems has stated, only once utilities are restored and a building is deemed safe for entry and production, teams will be called back in for work.

Reports from unnamed individuals familiar with the situation indicate it may take a a couple weeks at minimum to at least 30 days to clean-up the facilities, restore utilities, and resume production inside structurally safe buildings.

Spirit AeroSystems is the world’s largest supplier of commercial airplane assemblies & components.  Core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles, wing components & aftermarket services.  Of specific concern to Boeing is 737 and Boeing 787 fuselage parts produced at Spirit AeroSystems.  Aside from aircraft fuselage, Boeing Cockpits are also produced by Spirit AeroSystems.   In addition to Boeing, it’s noteworthy to indicate the new-build Airbus A350 XWB has also been sourced to Spirit for fuselage parts along with front wing spars.

This remains a developing story and we will post updates as appropriate.  More information should be known Monday.

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