Spirit AeroSystems Opens Kinston Plant

The vision of state leaders wanting to build an economic engine in the East took flight at the Global TransPark in Kinston Thursday.

Spirit AeroSystems officially opened its new facility at the Global TransPark. The 500,000 square foot facility is the anchor site for the transpark. The GTP had trouble attracting and keeping the big businesses it was designed for since the 1990s, until Spirit signed on.

Employees at the new facility will design and manufacture the composite center fuselage upper, lower shells, and front wing spar for the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

Spirit says initial employment will exceed 200 by the end of the year, and will grow to about 700 over the next few years on the Airbus work alone.

The company says reaching a total employment goal of 1,000 will require placing additional work at this site.


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  • by Jim Location: Grifton on Jul 1, 2010 at 07:47 PM
    Jim doesn't complain about jobs. He complains about throwing money down a rat hole.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Jul 1, 2010 at 07:32 PM
    How in the world people would get mad because jobs are coming is beyond my understanding. I would say it's right out un american. You complain about a lack of jobs and then turn around and get mad when jobs come. Sitting here just shaking my head at you folks...
  • by Sambo on Jul 1, 2010 at 06:22 PM
    won't last. Kinston is a ratty town, and all the ppl who work in hiring at this company are plastic.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 1, 2010 at 05:34 PM
    Jim, you complained about no jobs, now you are complaining about job growth. Did you take your medication today?
  • by Jim Location: Grifton on Jul 1, 2010 at 04:29 PM
    Let's see, $80,000,000 in tax payers money for the 350 jobs that exist at the GTP now--we could have given each of those folks $200,000 and still had several miilion left over to throw away. And how much are we paying for these new 200 jobs(1,000 is someone blowimg smoke up someone's patootie)? The best thing to be done for economic development in Lenoir County is to purchase all the morons there (most of the population) one way tickes to Beaufort County.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 1, 2010 at 01:35 PM
    Pleased,I called too about 8 months ago and I agree she was very nice, a professional if you might say.But I cant believe all the rhetoric about this helping the average citizen from the news media.The media is like here is a job go get it.It is not like that.You have to have some type of experience in mechanics.Sort of like Gregory Poole master mechanics.They can build it but they cant run it worth a NILL!And who masters Gregory Poole Equipment as far as running it?The average JOE!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 1, 2010 at 12:23 PM
    Lisa non skilled workers build cars.There is not much difference when a machine does most of the work.My god have you seen the people that work for car companies.In your eyes it a wonder we are not all dead.
  • by Pleased Location: Kinston on Jul 1, 2010 at 11:50 AM
    I called and the secretary was very nice and very helpful. She instructed me to go to the website at www.spiritaero.com where there are 25 jobs posted.
  • by Beth Location: Winterville on Jul 1, 2010 at 11:23 AM
    Quit blaming Obama for everything. This world was in a big mess before he was even a household name!
  • by lm Location: nc on Jul 1, 2010 at 11:21 AM
    How many of these 1,000 employees will be hired from Kinston? I'm glad more jobs are coming. However, if these jobs are specialized as some have said, then how much of Kinston's unemployed will have that ability?
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