SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An aerospace factory in the Spokane area that once employed around 600 people is closing.
Triumph Composite Systems says it will close its airplane parts factory in Airway Heights during the summer of 2022 amid financial turmoil in the aerospace industry.
The Spokesman-Review says the closure is expected to affect more than 130 remaining jobs for the company, which builds components for Boeing jets.
Triumph’s parent company, Triumph Group, lost $309.3 million from April 1 through Sept. 30 as the pandemic put the national economy in a stranglehold.
As recently as 2017, Triumph had employed as many as 600 workers in Airway Heights. The employees made floor panels and ducting for airplanes.
Sen. Patty Murray says her heart goes out to the Triumph employees who are losing their jobs.