Hundreds of jobs lost as North State Aviation closes Kinston & Winston-Salem locations

Published: Mar. 23, 2017 at 11:02 AM EDT
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An aviation company that has facilities in both Kinston and Winston-Salem has shut down.

North State Aviation repaired large aircraft and opened up in September 2015 at the Global TransPark.

In a letter to the state Department of Commerce, North State said yesterday's shut down was due to "an unforeseeable, significant downturn in business."

The closing will effect 345 employees.

Then-Gov. Pat McCrory came to Kinston to announce North State's decision to locate another facility here. At the time, the company said it planned to hire 109 employees in Kinston and invest $900,000.

To help finance the expansion, the company received a One North Carolina Fund performance-based grant of up to $250,000 from the state.