Spirit AeroSystems to lay off additional workers

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Spirit AeroSystems will lay off additional employees in Wichita, Kansas starting next month, following a round of lay-offs it announced in July as it continues to reduce costs.

The supplier says the number of employees who will be affected is not yet determined, and would become clearer next month.

It will reduce staff through voluntary retirement and voluntary lay-off programmes before proceeding to involuntary lay-offs of management and salaried employees. Employees paid by the hour, such as those working on the production floor, will not be affected.

The supplier announced in July that it would lay off 360 support and management staff in Kansas and Oklahoma. Today's announcement is in addition to this.

Spirit AeroSystems posted a $239 million operating loss for its second quarter and has been working to reduce costs. It announced in August that it would divest two manufacturing sites that are responsible for potentially more than $1 billion in forward losses.

The supplier is laying off workers despite an upcoming ramp-up in the Boeing 737 and 787 programmes, which Spirit supplies to. A Spirit AeroSystems spokesperson says the supplier remains fully committed to meeting Boeing's needs.