Crews To Break Ground On GTP Rail Spur

State and local officials will celebrate the groundbreaking of a rail spur Tuesday.

Crews will start work on the railroad to be built at the Global Transpark in Kinston. The plan is to build a 5.5 mile railroad line to connect the GTP's new tenant, Spirit Aerosystems, with the rest of the rail line.

The project is scheduled to be complete by next November. The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced in March the contract to lay $14.3 million dollar rail line was been awarded to Hinkle Contracting Company LLC of Paris, Ky.

Spirit Aerosystems broke ground on a new facility at the Global Transpark in 2008, and the work is expected to be complete by the end of 2010. The 500,0000 square foot facility sits on 304 acres of land. It will be the anchor site for the Global Transpark, in Kinston.

Spirit will construct the center fuselage of the newest airbus 350 X-W-B. While the company promises to employ close to a thousand people once they've opened, they've already been a boost to the economy.

Spirit specializes in constructing the one of kind, airbus 350, which is a new family of mid-size wide body airlines that should roll out in 2013.

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