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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