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Eastern North Carolina - Chancellor's Visit

On May 12-13, Chancellor Woodson visited with alumni and university supporters at the Davenport Family Store, then toured Spirit AeroSystems, the world's largest supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components.

Sprint AeroSystems

Spirit AeroSystems was established in 2005 when Onex Corporation acquired what is now Spirit AeroSystems from Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The company's headquarters is in Wichita, Kan. (Additional operations in Tulsa and McAlester, Okla.; Prestwick, Scotland, and Samlesbury, England; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.) Spirit is the world's largest supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components.

In 2008, when Spirit AeroSystems was looking to build a new manufacturing plant, NC State faculty from engineering and textiles worked with the state Department of Commerce to help bring the company to Kinston. The new plant is scheduled to open this year and will eventually create more than 1,000 jobs.

The company broke ground Sept. 15, 2008, on a new facility to be constructed at the North Carolina Global TransPark to accommodate new work packages and provide design-build capabilities. Major structures for the Airbus A350 XWB will be produced at this 585,000-square-foot facility, where Spirit hopes to add other work in the future.


The North Carolina Global TransPark

The North Carolina Global TransPark (GTP) is a 2,400-acre industrial/airport site situated strategically in Eastern North Carolina. The GTP offers a business-friendly environment, including a highly-trained workforce, favorable tax structure, attractive utility rates, and an enviable cost of living.

The GTP is also close to major colleges and universities, as well as several metropolitan centers, including the state capital, Raleigh. The on-site TransPark Center is one of the most advanced meeting and training facilities in the state.

Learn more about what North Carolina's Global TransPark has to offer to companies in the aerospace, logistics, and military and defense contracting industries in the informative video below.

Open video in YouTube | Video from the NC GTP