WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Demand for Boeing commercial jetliners is sparking more hiring of production workers at parts maker Spirit AeroSystems in Kansas.
The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/KDFtxq ) reported Thursday that the company is looking for 200 more mechanics and inspectors in the first part of 2014.
"We have open positions right now, and we're looking to fill them," Spirit spokesman Ken Evans said.
The company is also studying its needs this year in its salaried workforce, but is not ready to make any announcements yet because that process is just beginning, he said.
Spirit AeroSystems is the biggest employer in Wichita with 10,800 workers. It began hiring more workers last year to meet the rising demand.
"We had that hiring blitz at the end of the year all focused on the hourly workforce," Evans said. "We hosted a job fair that was very successful for us. We had a goal to hire 400 by the end of the year, and we met that goal."
Evans cited the rising demand for Boeing's 737 single-aisle aircraft and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Boeing has announced plans to increase its 737 production to 47 a month by 2017. It is also increasing its 787 production to 12 per month.