Spirit AeroSystems, one of the world’s largest independent suppliers of commercial airplane parts, says it plans to expand its operations at NC Global TransPark on Highway 58 in Kinston, North Carolina. Spirit is investing an additional $55.7 million over the next five years.
NC Global TransPark is a division of the NC Department of Transportation. The business park employs over 1,300 employees and includes facilities that support “manufacturing and logistics needs” of various industries including aviation/aerospace.
Spirit opened operations at the Global TransPark in 2010 in multiple facilities, including a 500,000-square-foot manufacturing plant. It also runs a 33,000-square-foot training center. Thus far, the company invested over $200 million in the region and employed 850 people.
Governor Roy Cooper welcomed the company’s expansion decision, describing it as a major step forward for eastern NC and the state’s aerospace industry:
“We are excited to see Spirit AeroSystems strengthen its investment in North Carolina with this major expansion. This sends a clear signal that eastern North Carolina can compete for business and is ready for new opportunities that bring jobs to this region.”
Allen Thomas, executive director of the Global TransPark, also welcomed Spirit AeroSystems’ decision:
“This expansion further reinforces North Carolina’s position as one of the top four states in aerospace manufacturing in the nation and sends a message to the high quality of skilled labor in eastern North Carolina.”
Said Terry George, Spirit AeroSystems North Carolina’s vice president and general manager:
“As we further invest in our site to meet the needs of our customer, we will be creating opportunities to support job growth and positively contribute to the regional economy. This projected future capital investment will improve our capacity to deliver world-class aerostructures.”
Spirit AeroSystems recently announced plans for major expansion with $1 billion capital investment and addition of 1,000 jobs at its Wichita, Kansas, facility.
For more information on Spirit AeroSystems, visit www.spiritaero.com.
The NC Global TransPark is online at www.ncgtp.com.
The City of Kinston NC website is www.ci.kinston.nc.us. The city is located in Lenoir County, North Carolina.
Source: Ford Porter, NC Office of the Governor