Spirit Aerosystems

Wichita State University College of Engineering

Kansas is working towards a goal of increasing the number of college graduates majoring in engineering.

Kansas has a multi-year plan to increase the number of engineering degrees each year until they reach 1365 graduates by 2021. The initiative includes more than $100 million in funding by the state Legislature for Wichita State, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas.

Spirit Aerosystems

Spirit AeroSystems announced its plans to provide more than $570,000 of scholarship support to selected students at Wichita State University, the University of Kansas, and Kansas State University.

In all, Spirit is funding 18 scholarships across three universities. There are 12 scholarships available at Wichita State University and three each at KU and K-State. In addition, one scholarship will be earmarked for a student coming out of the Upward Bound Math Science program at Wichita State University.

Wichita Area Technical College

Wichita Area Technical College’s aviation training received a boost Monday morning from a major equipment donation and a workforce training grant.

The Kansas Department of Commerce provided a $183,000 grant to Wichita Area Technical College to cover the tuition and training for 70 sheet metal workers.

Spirit AeroSystems is looking to hire up to 500 sheet metal workers but is having a hard time finding qualified candidates.

Spirit Aerosystems

Spirit AeroSystems has announced hundreds of job openings in Wichita. The company will be holding a job fair this weekend.

A nine-year legal battle waged by former aircraft workers, who claim they lost their jobs because of their age, may have come to an end after a federal judge blocked their attorney from appealing the court's dismissal of their remaining claims because the paperwork was filed too late. KMUW's Carla Eckels reports...

The age discrimination lawsuit was sparked by the 2005 sale of Boeing's Wichita commercial operations to the parent company of Spirit AeroSystems.

A federal judge has tossed out the remaining age discrimination claims in a long-running lawsuit against the Boeing Company and Spirit AeroSystems.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren said in a ruling on Wednesday that he was dismissing the claims of the remaining 26 plaintiffs as a sanction for their refusal to obey a court order to give their tax returns to the companies.

The ruling deals a major blow to litigation that has already spanned nine years.

A federal judge will hear arguments next month on whether to block Spirit AeroSystems from selling off its fabrication operations or laying off workers.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree set an Oct. 8th hearing in Topeka over a lawsuit the Machinists union's filed against Spirit.

The suit says the Machinists gave up the right to strike and accepted pay cuts and smaller wage increases in a 10-year contract negotiated in 2010. It says that in exchange, Spirit agreed to maintain major manufacturing operations in Wichita.

Wichita maintenance technician Mark Lankford has pleaded guilty to selling equipment he stole from two Wichita companies where he worked.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Kansas says Lankford pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of wire fraud.

He admitted stealing equipment from Spirit Aerosystems and Fiber Glass Systems.

Prosecutors say he made more than $150,000 from selling the stolen equipment.

Lankford was an equipment maintenance technician for Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita from October 2010 to Sept. 5, 2011.

Appeals Court Sides With Spirit In Labor Dispute

Sep 18, 2013

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.

Spirit Aerosystems

Spirit Aerosystems continued downsizing Thursday by laying off about 150 salaried and management employees in Wichita.

In addition to the layoffs, the company says a "significant number" of salaried employees have expressed interest in voluntary retirement and voluntary layoff programs.