Kinston's Spirit AeroSystems Plant Lands New Product Line

Spirit AeroSystems says it will add as many as 200 jobs to its facility at the Global TransPark in Kinston over the next five years, thanks to a new aviation work package. Spirit is moving production for the Gulfstream G250 wing to its Kinston facility. That's according to a press release from Governor Bev Perdue's office.

“North Carolina continues to be a leader in the aerospace industry more than 100 years after the Wright Brothers made their historic first flight at Kitty Hawk,” said Gov. Perdue. “Our community college customized training programs and skilled workforce are critical tools for globally competitive companies like Spirit. This new work package continues Spirit’s significant commitment to bring jobs and investment to North Carolina.”

The release says the announcement is part of Spirit’s overall expansion and existing commitment to create jobs in North Carolina. Spirit already produces a major composite fuselage and leading edge wing spars for the Airbus A350commercial aircraft at the Global TransPark. The new work package will add metallic structures, as well as a general aviation component to Spirit AeroSystems’ operation at the Global TransPark.

“This is the next step in our evolution in North Carolina and further diversifies the work being done at the Kinston site,” said Dan Wheeler, VP/GM of the North Carolina site. “We’ve enjoyed tremendous support from our North Carolina partners and look forward to executing on our two aircraft programs.”

Spirit opened its 500,000 square foot facility in Kinston in July 2010.


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  • by anonymous Location: Kinston on Jul 23, 2011 at 04:11 AM
    so far the majority of people relocating here to work at Spirit are living in Greenville, Goldsboro, and New Bern. Kinston has nothing to offer anyone relocating to our area. The crime is out of control, there are no decent restaurants, hotels, apartments or shopping. The more people they hire the better the economy is going to be for Craven, Wayne and Pitt county. The Transpark is never going to bring business here until Kinston cleans up and gives people a reason to want to live here. How embarrassing is it to have a airport, runway and no flights in and out? yeah, that's really a draw to get business into the Transpark.
  • by Jim Location: Grifton on Jul 20, 2011 at 03:50 PM
    Between thirty to forty newly minted millionaires for Lenoir County over the next five years, what a wonderful coup for the economic development boosters. Is there no end to the remarkable progress being made in Lenoir County in general and at the Transpark in particular?
  • by down the road Location: gboro on Jul 20, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    good news for Kinston......you people need to grow up
  • by Justice on Jul 20, 2011 at 09:59 AM
    Investigate the transpark scam!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    All of you need to shut up and be glad there are jobs coming to the area. If you do not like what is being done here then move.
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      by Lubba on Jul 20, 2011 at 10:20 AM in reply to
      Tell Bev hi next time you cut her grass........
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      by Joe on Jul 20, 2011 at 01:17 PM in reply to
      I bet you are with one of our useless wasteful politicians. Its the only way a statement like that adds up. Sayy bye bye to your buddies after the next election....lol
  • by Lubba Location: Yep on Jul 20, 2011 at 08:18 AM
    We could have been making good money from the place if we had built a resort condo area........SELL IT!!!! SELL IT NOW TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER!!! TAKE THIS MONEY TRAP OFF THE NC TAX PAYERS BACK!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    so far each job at spirit in kinston has cost the nc taxpayers about 1 million dollars per job. do the math governor.
  • by John Location: Simpson on Jul 20, 2011 at 06:16 AM
    Now if they could only build interest in the Global Transpark.
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      by dont care on Jul 21, 2011 at 02:30 PM in reply to John
      transpark! as usless as ascreen door on a submarine!!!
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