As many as 200 jobs will be created as part of the latest work package announced at N.C.'s Global TransPark.
Spirit AeroSystems Inc., one of the world's largest suppliers of commercial airplane components, will be adding production of jet parts to its existing manufacturing operations in Kinston, the company announced today.
Production of the Gulfstream G250 wing for business jets--an endeavor expected to create between 150 and 200 jobs in the next five years--will be moved from the company's Tulsa, Oklahoma facility. Eventually, the company hopes to move production of the entire G250 jet wing to Kinston, said Ken Evans, a Spirit spokesperson.
While the company cannot announce when Kinston production of the new jet wing would begin, an announcement should be made later this year, said Evans.
Spirit currently employs about 245 employees at its Kinston facility with more positions available even prior to today's announcement.
The company, which was the first large tenant to come to the Global TransPark, previously promised to create just over 1,000 jobs when they opened their 500,000-square-foot plant just over a year ago. These numbers are a step towards meeting that number by 2016.
Wednesday's announcement is an addition to the Spirit's existing job creation commitment in the state which includes production of the Airbus A350 commercial aircraft.
The N.C. Global TransPark was created by the legislature in July 1991 in the hopes of boosting the state's economy through aircraft production.