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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Spirit AeroSystems is offering a voluntary retirement program to some management and salaried employees in Wichita and Kinston, North Carolina.

Company spokesman Ken Evans said Thursday the employees must be older than 55 and have worked at least 10 years with Spirit to qualify for the program. Employees have until Sept. 12 to express an interest in the buyout, although that doesn't commit them to retiring or guarantee they will be offered the buyout.

Executives and stress and design engineers are excluded from the offer.

Evans says the company has no specific number of employees it wants to retire.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/VUVLrf ) Spirit is making other changes to cut costs, such as bolstering top management, reducing overtime for hourly workers and trying to sell its Tulsa wing plant.

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Information from:

The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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