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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