Spirit AeroSystems to spend $50M for expansion of Kinston facilities

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Assembly of an A350 AirBus passenger airliner center fuselage in an existing Spirit AeroSystems facility at Global TransPark (Spirit AeroSystems)

To meet the increasing demands of its customers, Spirit AeroSystems has announced a $55.7 million investment for the expansion of its operations at Global TransPark in North Kinston.

The aerospace manufacturer’s announcement only stated that funds will be spent over a five-year period. The investment is expected to improve the regional economy by generating more job opportunities. Construction details were not disclosed.

On Dec. 8, Governor Roy Cooper expressed his support for the project.

“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,” he said.

Global Transpark executive director Allen Thomas also gave his approval, saying, “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.”

Since opening its operations at Global TransPark in 2010, Spirit AeroSystems has already invested more than $206 million for multiple facilities, including a 500,000-sq ft. plant and a 33,000-sq ft. training center.

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