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Spirit AeroSystems project to bring up to 200 jobs to Kinston

Posted July 20, 2011

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Spirit AeroSystems is bringing more work and jobs to its assembly plant at the Global TransPark in Kinston.

The company says it will add between 150 and 200 jobs over the next five years to work on production of wings for Gulfstream G250 aircraft. The project is a new one for the Kinston facility.

In a separate announcement, Spirit said the project was being moved from its Tulsa, Okla., facility.

"We have evaluated a variety of options to offset the development cost growth and to improve manufacturing costs on the program, while creating the necessary capacity in our Tulsa, Okla., facility for multiple growth programs," said Phil Anderson, chief financial officer at Spirit. "The transition of the G250 wing to North Carolina is the right long-term cost mitigation plan and the best long-term solution for our customer and Spirit as we manage the company's growth."

The company said it would take a $53 million charge against earnings to cover cost of the move. 

Spirit committed to creating 1,036 jobs through the year 2014 as part of its agreement to receive state tax incentives.

The Kinston plant is currently used to assemble composite fuselage and wing parts for the Airbus A350 jet.

The deal for the Gulfstream wings means Spirit will add capabilities for metallic structures and to service general aviation, according to Gov. Bev Perdue’s office.

"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, general manager of the Sprit operation, in a statement. "We've enjoyed tremendous support from our North Carolina partners and look forward to executing on our two aircraft programs."

Spirit is based in Wichita, Kansas.

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  • WooHoo2You Jul 20, 2011

    Just a reminder, the G250 is a corporate or private jet. You know, those rich people... buying stuff... that creates jobs.- JustAName

    I wonder who buys more stuff? The 2 percent or the 98 percent? Which just might create more demand (thus jobs) than the other...

  • Scaramouche Jul 20, 2011

    "That is good news but this is just a drop in the bucket for the government boondoggle that is the transpark government pork barrel."

    and out come the negative nellies. what a sad little world they live in.

  • dsalter Jul 20, 2011

    A recession does not hurt the truly rich. I'm not referring to those trying to play the part. Luxury cars are usually the best sellers during a period like this. And yachts. They have the dough....they get what they want. It's always been that way.

  • word636 Jul 20, 2011

    at least some companies are hiring americans instead of sending jobs overseas. wheither they pay americans or foreigns to make their planes the rich will still purchase the planes. this is not the rich creating jobs by buying but the rich creating jobs by hiring americans & not foreigners. at least some companies in this country would rather hire americans & pay them more in labor than hire foreigners & gain mind blowing profits.

  • itsnotmeiswear Jul 20, 2011

    Until they get the schools properly districted and safe, the employees will still live in other counties.

  • JustAName Jul 20, 2011

    Just a reminder, the G250 is a corporate or private jet. You know, those rich people... buying stuff... that creates jobs.

  • tdouble232323 Jul 20, 2011

    I thought Democrats were against jets and the people that purchase them?

  • whatusay Jul 20, 2011

    I thought democrats wanted to close tax loop-holes but Perdue continues giving them. If loop-holes are damaging our economy, according to Obama, why are they still the largest part of doing business in this state?

  • GodblesstheUSA Jul 20, 2011

    That is good news but this is just a drop in the bucket for the government boondoggle that is the transpark government pork barrel.

  • aetius476 Jul 20, 2011

    Good news for the TransPark. Finally! Kinston needs this. Maybe the beginning of some action over there.

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