Spirit AeroSystems has received a US$80 million grant from the US Department of Defense (DoD) to expand its US production capability for tooling, composite fabrication and metallic fabrication.

These funds are part of the US response to COVID-19 in support of the Defense Industrial Base, the company said. It plans to use them to build tools, make composite parts and machine complex metallic parts at its Kansas facility.

‘Our growing work on defense programs has provided a measure of stability for the company and helped us as we shift capacity to serve other needs, particularly in the defense market,’ said Duane Hawkins, senior VP. ‘This funding for Spirit provides the Department of Defense additional production capacity for defense needs and helps maintain critical skills in the Defense Industrial Base.’

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