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Spirit AeroSystems' North Carolina plant to create 1,000 jobs

WICHITA — It’s been about a year since Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems broke ground on a 500,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Kinston, N.C. The plant will build the main fuselage and wing parts for the Airbus A350. The plant is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2010.

When it opens, it will have 250 employees. But that number will grow to 750 over the following years, according to a report by the Daily Reflector. Ultimately, it will create 1,000 jobs in the state, the site’s operations director Richard Davis told the paper.

The state and local governments gave Spirit a number of incentives to come to North Carolina. And it is close to rail, deep water ports, a runway and universities and community colleges that are training workers for the aerospace industry, the report said.