KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) Aircraft Solutions USA Inc. will establish a new subsidiary at North Carolina’s Global TransPark to recycle aircraft parts and materials.
The company will create 475 jobs and invest nearly $100 million to establish the new aircraft recycling center in Lenoir County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.
The mean salary of those jobs is set for $47,000, ten thousand more than the current average.
“Our state’s aerospace industry is taking off with the Global Transpark as a hub in rural eastern North Carolina,” said Governor Cooper. “From first in flight to first in skilled workers, global companies like Aircraft Solutions will find North Carolina to be a great place to grow and thrive.”
The challenge for local leaders now is preparing and providing a skilled, and trained workforce.
“Our community colleges are going to be working hard with them to make sure we are coordinating the kind of training people need to get these jobs,” said Cooper.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce led the state’s support for the company during its site evaluation and decision-making process.
The added jobs will also bring a physical expansion to the facilities.
According to Governor Cooper, over the next twelve years the expansion will have a $948 million affect on North Carolina’s economy.
Aircraft Solutions’ project in North Carolina will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier on Thursday.
Don Hardy, the mayor of Kinston, said the development shows everyone what the City of Kinston can do.
“It’s going to be a big deal. So, when we come together as a driving force anything can happen,” said Hardy.
There is no set timeline on when the expansion will take place.