Wichita, Kan. -- There is some good news for Wichita's aviation industry. Wichita's largest employer Spirit Aerosystems needs to add even more production workers to its ranks.
Spirit spokesman Ken Evans confirms to KAKE news the help wanted sign remains up at Spirit.
Evans says, "Of course we've been hiring to support rate increases and demand on the commercial side of the aerospace business for some time."
Spirit held its own exclusive job fair October 12th to fill about 400 openings by the end of 2013. Evans says the company met its year end hiring goals.
But now it's a new year and the production rates continue to increase which means more hiring is on the way.
Evans says, "We also have an ongoing need right now for a couple hundred more hourly positions sometime the first of this year."
He says it's all about meeting their customer production needs. He says Spirit is supplying Boeing and Airbus programs at record rates. That includes the highest ever rates for the 787 Dreamliner at ten planes monthly and a 42 a month rate on the 737.
As customer needs increase so do the hiring needs locally.
Evans says, "A couple hundred is what we're focused on right now. We're going to continue to evaluate as we go throughout the year. And we may have other hiring needs as we go throughout the year."
That's good news for Wichita's economy, in general, and the local aircraft industry, in particular, especially as the general aviation plane makers continue seeking an increase in orders.