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Spirit AeroSystems announce layoffs Thursday

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Posted at 12:09 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 13:09:00-05

MCALESTER — Today Spirit AeroSystems issued a notice of approximately 130 employee layoffs at their McAlester location.

Officials with Spirit AeroSystems say they issued a notice to the State of Oklahoma under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) of the layoffs.

According to officials, there will also be layoffs at Spirit AeroSystems Tulsa location but they do not meet the requirements to issue a notice to WARN.

The layoffs will include non-represented, represented, and management employees that are at both sites, officials say.

On Jan. 10, 2020, Spirit AeroSystems announced a plan to layoff thousands of employees at several facilities, including two in Eastern Oklahoma.

In a news release, the company said it plans to layoff 2,800 employees at its Wichita, Kansas facility.

The plants make parts for the troubled Boeing 737 MAX planes, which remain grounded following two deadly crashes in 2018 and 2019.

The company said the layoffs are a result of ongoing uncertainty regarding when production will resume.

Spirit is a significant supplier on the 737 MAX program, accounting for 70 percent of the airplane's structure, including the entire fuselage, thrust reversers, engine pylons and wing components.

The work on the 737 MAX planes makes up more than 50 percent of Spirit's annual revenue, according to the company.

Additional layoffs are possible in the future, depending on the outcome of the 737 MAX planes.

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