Spirit AeroSystems opens facility in Kinston, NC

  • 13-Jul-2010 02:43 EDT

Officials from Airbus and Spirit AeroSystems mark the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Kinston, NC, which will design and produce A350 XWB fuselage and wing components.

Spirit AeroSystems Inc. has opened its new 500,000-ft² manufacturing facility in Kinston, NC. Employees at the facility will design and manufacture the composite center fuselage upper and lower shells and front wing spar for the Airbus A350 XWB. Design work has been under way for approximately two years, and the manufacturing process will begin immediately. Initial employment is on track to exceed 200 by the end of the year and will grow to about 700 over the next few years on the Airbus work statement alone. Reaching the total employment goal of 1000 will require placing additional work at this site. Fuselage components designed and manufactured in North Carolina will be shipped across the Atlantic, received at Spirit's new facility in Saint-Nazaire, France, and assembled before being transported to Airbus as Section 15. The front spar will be shipped to Spirit's operations in Prestwick, Scotland, for integration into the wing leading edges before being shipped to Airbus for final assembly.

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