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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - Page updated at 05:30 p.m.

Boeing supplier Spirit hopes to resume some shipments this week


By Seattle Times business staff

Spirit AeroSystems said Tuesday that it's making progress on recovering from Saturday's tornado strike on its Wichita factory buildings and is optimistic about making "some shipments" to customers this week.

But the key Boeing supplier said only employees who are summoned by their manager should report to work this week. Utilities have not yet been restored to all buildings, and debris clearing continues, the company said in a statement on its website.

"We continue working an action plan to make the site safe for production," it said. "Still finding most of our production capabilities are intact, most equipment and product looks good."

Spirit makes fuselages for the 737 and nose-and-cockpit sections for all Boeing widebody jets.

"We do expect to be ready to make some shipments by the end of the week, and we've been in close coordination with Boeing on that," spokesman Ken Evans said in a phone message. But the company gave no specifics on what products it hopes to ship to whom.

Evans said "we don't know at this point how to give a longer-term answer" about full resumption of production and deliveries.

The company said "significant roofing repairs have started today, including temporary repairs with rain in the forecast." In addition to roofing crews from the hard-hit Wichita area, the company has brought in roofers from Denver, Oklahoma City and Houston.

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