Spirit AeroSystems Composite Center of Excellence in Kinston has boosted its employee base to 440 people in recent months with more prospective hires in training.
Spirit AeroSystems builds the composite center fuselage section and front wing spar for the A350 XWB. Those assemblies are then to be shipped to Spirit’s facilities in St. Nazaire, France, and Prestwick, Scotland for assembly and delivery to Airbus.
At build-out, the Kinston plant is expected to employ more than 1,000 workers.
Spirit also recently confirmed that it is building a second big autoclave at the Kinston facility that will be used to cure large aerostructure components. “The autoclave was added to support increased production rates for our customer,” says Jarrod Bartlett, a spokesman for Wichita, Kan.-based Spirit Aerosystems. “The addition represents a significant investment in the Spirit Kinston facility and continued strong demand for commercial airplanes.”