Aircraft repair firm to locate in Winston-Salem

Posted January 27, 2011 4:46 p.m. EST

— A company that provides aircraft maintenance and repair services will locate an operation in Forsyth County, creating 308 jobs, officials said Thursday.

NS Aviation will invest $1.27 million in the operation during the next four years. The average salary for the new jobs will be $42,072, plus benefits, slightly higher than the county average of $41,912.

“We are very excited to bring new job opportunities to Winston-Salem and give people an opportunity to work for a locally owned company,” NS Aviation President Charlie Creech said in a statement. “A lot of people have worked very hard to bring this to reality.”

NS Aviation will locate a maintenance facility at Smith Reynolds airport in Winston-Salem. Originally built and operated by Piedmont Airlines, the facility was most recently the home of Pace Airlines, which ceased operations in 2009.

The start-up plans to revive much of the former repair business of Pace Airlines and expects to hire many of the former Pace employees, officials said.

“This area is blessed with tremendous aviation experience, and we will be proud to show off home-grown talent,” Russ Kota, vice president of maintenance, said in a statement.

NS Aviation qualified for a $300,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, which provides financial assistance to attract business projects to the state. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job and investment targets to obtain the funds.