Wichita, Kan. -- It's a boom time for the Wichita suppliers of the commercial aviation industry even while general aviation is still struggling.
KAKE first reported last week Spirit AeroSystems continues to hire in the new year with some 200 current openings.
The year end numbers from the two big commercial plane makers Airbus and Boeing show why more work is likely to come.
Airbus released its 2013 numbers Monday. Airbus delivered 626 planes, took 1,619 orders and increased its backlog to 5,559 airplanes. All records.
Last week Boeing released year end numbers including 648 deliveries, a record, took in 1,355 orders (2nd largest in history) and increased its backlog to 5,080 airplanes.
Jason Cox, Chief Technical Officer for Cox Machine, Inc. says, "We're excited when we hear news like that. We're hoping that in 2014 some of those record deliveries and record sales will let us hire some more folks and continue to build more product for those companies."
He says Cox expects to add workers by the middle of the year.
Cox says, "Yea, I think it's leading to a lot of growth in the Wichita market. So we are busy. And our competitors, we've seen our competitors expand. Some of the folks that supply us with products and services are expanding. So I think it's affecting the entire supply chain."