Spirit Aerosystems http://kmuw.org en Mark Lankford Pleads Guilty To Stealing Over $500K From Spirit And Fiber Glass Systems http://kmuw.org/post/mark-lankford-pleads-guilty-stealing-over-500k-spirit-and-fiber-glass-systems <p>Wichita maintenance technician Mark Lankford has pleaded guilty to selling equipment he stole from two Wichita companies where he worked.</p><p>The U.S. Attorney's Office for Kansas says Lankford pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of wire fraud.</p><p>He admitted stealing equipment from Spirit Aerosystems and Fiber Glass Systems.</p><p>Prosecutors say he made more than $150,000 from selling the stolen equipment.</p><p>Lankford was an equipment maintenance technician for Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita from October 2010 to Sept. 5, 2011.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:48:05 +0000 Associated Press 27411 at http://kmuw.org Appeals Court Sides With Spirit In Labor Dispute http://kmuw.org/post/appeals-court-sides-spirit-labor-dispute <p></p><p>A federal appeals court sided Tuesday with Spirit AeroSystems in a labor dispute stemming from the way the Wichita-based aircraft parts maker evaluates employee performance. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:33:36 +0000 Associated Press 23652 at http://kmuw.org Spirit Aerosystems Lays Off 150 Salaried Workers http://kmuw.org/post/spirit-aerosystems-lays-150-salaried-workers <p>Spirit Aerosystems continued downsizing Thursday by laying off about 150 salaried and management employees in Wichita.</p><p>In addition to the layoffs, the company says a "significant number" of salaried employees have expressed interest in voluntary retirement and voluntary layoff programs.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:37:46 +0000 Kate Clause 23341 at http://kmuw.org Spirit Aerosystems Lays Off 150 Salaried Workers Spirit Announces More Job Cuts http://kmuw.org/post/spirit-announces-more-job-cuts <p></p><p>Aircraft parts maker Spirit Aerosystems plans to cut more jobs at its plant in Wichita, starting in September. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 22:37:12 +0000 Associated Press 22692 at http://kmuw.org Spirit Aerosystems To Shed Oklahoma Operations, Postpones Earnings Report http://kmuw.org/post/spirit-aerosystems-shed-oklahoma-operations-postpones-earnings-report <p>Spirit AeroSystems Holdings shares sank Tuesday after the aircraft parts maker said it would <a href="http://www.spiritaero.com/Media.aspx">postpone filing its second-quarter earnings repor</a>t and plans to shed its operations in Oklahoma.</p><p>The Wichita-based airplane manufacturer has gone through a number of major changes recently, including adding CEO Larry Lawson in March. Lawson warned investors in May that the company would do a "comprehensive evaluation" of the development programs in Tulsa, Okla., Wichita, Kan., Kinston, N.C., and St. Nazaire, France.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:27:21 +0000 Associated Press 21520 at http://kmuw.org Spirit Aerosystems To Shed Oklahoma Operations, Postpones Earnings Report Spirit Aerosystems Confirms 360 Layoffs In Kansas, Oklahoma http://kmuw.org/post/spirit-aerosystems-confirms-360-layoffs-kansas-oklahoma <p>Spirit Aerosystems has confirmed that <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/spirit-aerosystems-announces-workforce-reductions-in-kansas-and-oklahoma-216941601.html">it is laying off 360 salaried support and management employees in both its Kansas and Oklahoma locations</a>.</p><p>The company said in a news release Thursday that this is a "strategic move to make the company more competitive in a cost-sensitive environment." It says the reductions are designed to "reduce overhead costs, increase efficiency, and drive improved performance."</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:21:43 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 20952 at http://kmuw.org Spirit Aerosystems Confirms 360 Layoffs In Kansas, Oklahoma UPDATE: Layoffs Coming For Spirit AeroSystems Workers? YES. http://kmuw.org/post/update-layoffs-coming-spirit-aerosystems-workers-yes <p><strong><em>UPDATE: 1:20pm</em></strong></p><p>Spirit Aerosystems has confirmed that <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/spirit-aerosystems-announces-workforce-reductions-in-kansas-and-oklahoma-216941601.html">it is laying off 360 salaried support and management employees in both its Kansas and Oklahoma locations</a>.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:23:20 +0000 Associated Press 20931 at http://kmuw.org Robotics Competition Draws Hundreds, Encourages STEM Education http://kmuw.org/post/robotics-competition-draws-hundreds-encourages-stem-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of students met Saturday at Wichita State University for the </span>13th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual </span>Mindstorms<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Challenge, a Lego robotics competition. The challenge is designed to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math, while promoting teamwork.</span></p><p>The theme for the event was “The WuShock, an Unexpected Journey” with teams like The Bilbot Baggins of Andovershire.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:05:19 +0000 Milt Radford 13962 at http://kmuw.org Robotics Competition Draws Hundreds, Encourages STEM Education Union Approves Spirit Contract http://kmuw.org/post/union-approves-spirit-contract <p></p><p></p><p><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Members of an engineering union at Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita have overwhelmingly approved a six-year<br>contract.</span></font> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:10:54 +0000 Associated Press 9775 at http://kmuw.org Union Approves Spirit Contract Spirit Aerosystems CEO To Retire In 2013 http://kmuw.org/post/spirit-aerosystems-ceo-retire-2013 <p>Wichita aircraft company Spirit AeroSystems Monday announced that President and CEO Jeffrey Turner will retire in early 2013.<br><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Verdana; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In a <a href="http://www.spiritaero.com/Media.aspx">press release</a>, Turner said he announced his plan to retire to “ensure adequate time to find a suitable replacement, and allow for an effective handover of duties." </span><br> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:05:30 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 8729 at http://kmuw.org Spirit Aerosystems CEO To Retire In 2013