Spirit AeroSystems plans to add 1,000 jobs and to invest $1 billion over the next five years at its Wichita headquarters, officials said at an announcement Dec. 6 attended by state, city and county officials. The growth is not tied to any one particular program, but rather to the rise in demand for Boeing and Airbus airliners and defense work. Spirit manufactures 38,000 different parts, and currently has seven years of backlog. It is at capacity. “It means we are literally bursting ...

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