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Spirit AeroSystems expands work at Global TransPark
Posted July 20, 2011

Will Create 150-200 Jobs as Part of NC Commitment

RALEIGH—Governor Bev Perdue announced today that a new aviation work package is coming to the state. Spirit AeroSystems Inc., one of the world's largest independent suppliers of commercial airplane assemblies, will add a new program to its manufacturing operations at the N.C. Global TransPark in Kinston. Spirit will establish production for the Gulfstream G250 wing at the North Carolina facility. The company anticipates that 150-200 jobs will be created over the next 5 years as part of this work package.

"North Carolina continues to be a leader in the aerospace industry more than 100 years after the Wright Brothers made their historic first flight at Kitty Hawk," said Gov. Bev Perdue. "Our community college customized training programs and skilled workforce are critical tools for globally competitive companies like Spirit. This new work package continues Spirit’s significant commitment to bring jobs and investment to North Carolina."

Today's announcement is part of Spirit's overall expansion and existing commitment to create jobs in North Carolina. Spirit already produces a major composite fuselage and leading edge wing spars for the Airbus A350commercial aircraft at the Global TransPark. The new work package announced today will add metallic structures, as well as a general aviation component to Spirit AeroSystems' operation at the Global TransPark.

"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, VP/GM of the North Carolina site. "We've enjoyed tremendous support from our North Carolina partners and look forward to executing on our two aircraft programs."

Based in Wichita, Kan., Spirit AeroSystems also has facilities in Tulsa and McAlester, Okla.; Prestwick, Scotland; Preston, England; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Saint-Nazaire, France, in addition to its Kinston plant. In the U.S., Spirit's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components. Additionally, Spirit provides aftermarket customer support services, including spare parts, maintenance/repair/overhaul, and fleet support services in North America, Europe and Asia. Spirit Europe produces wing components for a host of customers, including Airbus.

Other partners who assisted with this announcement include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Global TransPark which is an agency of the N.C. Department of Transportation, and Lenoir County.

For more information about Spirit AeroSystems, visit www.spiritaero.com

Below are links tosome of the media coverage so far of the announcement that Spirit will bring an additional work package to the GTP for the Gulfstream G250 wing production.

http://www.wral.com/business/story/9883695/
http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2011/07/20/spirit-aerosystems-to-add-200-jobs-in.html#comments