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Governor helps break ground for new TransPark tenant

Posted September 15, 2008
Updated September 16, 2008

— A new tenant at the North Carolina Global TransPark at Kinston is getting a step closer to building composite fuselages for the Airbus A350 passenger jets.

Gov. Mike Easley was among those who helped break ground Monday morning for Spirit Aerosystems' new plant.

The company announced in May that it would build the facility, scheduled to open in 2010, and hire 1,031 workers over five years and invest more than $570 million.

State officials said the company was what they had been waiting 17 years to attract the facility in rural eastern North Carolina.

Some, including Easley, say Spirit is proof the Global TransPark will succeed.

"I am confident we are just seeing the beginning here today," Easley said.

Former Gov. Jim Martin was one of the park's earliest supporters in the early 1990s, predicting it would help turn around the slumping economy in eastern North Carolina. A slow start and lack of a major tenant drew criticism for years.

He said Monday's groundbreaking is validation of the dream so many had.

"If you don't take a big step like this, you're never going to get anywhere," Martin said. "Had this not been initiated, we would still be 20 years behind that eight ball."

The state is giving Wichita, Kan.-based Spirit an incentive package worth more than $125 million to locate at the TransPark. It includes a $5 million grant and more than $20 million, payable over 12 years, tied to the creation of jobs at the plant.

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  • whatusay Sep 16, 2008

    17 years and NC finally attracts a business to the G.T.P. $125,000,000 cost to tax payers, not counting what we have already paid. Not sure 1,000 jobs is worth the price, or that there will even be 1,000 jobs in 5 years.

  • Fun Sep 15, 2008

    Whata way to Gov! TransPark and the special tax right? It's been going on what close to 20 years now? It's another goverment fiasco! Hope you had "rubber lips" Jim Hunt with you, it was his "brain child" Maybe you two do could bump chests!

  • ifcdirector Sep 15, 2008

    "The state is giving Wichita, Kan.-based Spirit an incentive package worth more than $125 million to locate at the TransPark."

    Which the owners will be glad to enjoy until it is exhausted and they relocate to the next state foolish enough to trade the taxpayer's money for the miniscule low paying jobs for locals and all the high paying jobs for all the people they import here from other states. But then again what do politicians like Mike Easley care as long he gets his name in the headlines and can get his junkets to Europe.

  • haggis basher Sep 15, 2008

    This is a serious company and a great catch. Quality high tech jobs, just what the area needs.

  • 68_polara Sep 15, 2008

    RLFSTOP, I completely missed your point...

  • davidgnews Sep 15, 2008

    HONDA, TOYOTA, AND NISSAN ARE THE BIG THREE IN AMERICA.

    That would be great - they're far more reliable.

    Our auto companies are lazy, resting on the status-quo. Chrysler should have been gone long ago. Part of the problem is that big business and big labor feed off of each other. That cycle needs breaking if you expect anything to improve.

  • RLFSTOP Sep 15, 2008

    WHEN FORD, GM, AND CHRYSLER ARE NO LONGER AROUND.....YET HONDA, TOYOTA, AND NISSAN ARE THE BIG THREE IN AMERICA......REMEMBER YOUR OWN WORDS AND COMMENTS!!!!

  • davidgnews Sep 15, 2008

    "Governor helps break ground for new TransPark tenant"

    Will something finally happen there, or do we just substitute 'wind' for 'ground?'

  • 68_polara Sep 15, 2008

    Thanks guys!

  • mrtwinturbo Sep 15, 2008

    68_polara, it was a flop because of the lack of interstate highways or even access to one and no rail services. They have what is known as the highway to no where, (Felix Harvey Parkway) that runs between Hwy258 and a side road that leads to Hwy 58. I wonder why WRAL was not on the scene at the groundbreaking ceremony today. Guess it old news now?

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