Spirit Aerosystems: Tornado Recovery One Year Later

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Spirit Aerosystems continuing to rebuild one year after an EF-3 tornado damages the facilities.

The day after the tornado struck the aerospace supplier it seemed improbable the plant would be back in operations quickly. But eight days later some 10,000 employees were back on their jobs.

Spirit Senior Vice President of Propulsion Aerostructures, John Pilla says, "We didn't cause a late delivery to Boeing and we were back on schedule by the end of May."

That even though 10 million square feet of roof was damaged. In all 40 major buildings and 150 smaller buildings sustained damage.

Three buildings sustained enough damge to be demolished. Those are Warehouse 1, Experimental Flight Hangar and Central Maintenance Building.

Spirit Sr.Vice President David Coleal says, "We've taken the opportunity to reassess, the flow of our operation, our transportation, logistics. And we're using that opportunity to improve the efficiency of our operations."

Coleal says rebuilding will continue into next year.

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