North State Aviation to open maintenance facility in NC; will create 109 jobs

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KINSTON, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory announced Monday that North State Aviation will open an aircraft maintenance center in Lenoir County, creating 109 new jobs.

The center will be at the North Carolina Global TransPark and the jobs will be created over the next two years, according to a statement from McCrory.

Officials said the company will invest $900,000 over the same period.

“North Carolina is pleased to support North State Aviation as it launches its new presence at the Global TransPark,” said Governor McCrory in a prepared statement. “Like aviation itself, this company started right here in North Carolina. Its owners and employees have deep roots in the state, and we’re proud of their continued success.”

North State Aviation was incorporated in 2010 and has grown from a Winston-Salem start-up to a company that currently employs more than 400 people.

It specializes in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of large transport aircraft. The company counts one of the world’s largest commercial airlines among its customers.

North State Aviation is now the largest tenant at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem. Its new facility at the North Carolina Global TransPark will employ 109 workers.

Salaries will vary by position, but will average $39,688 per year. Currently, the average annual wage in Lenoir County is $32,164.

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