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Beverly Eaves Perdue  
Governor

State of North Carolina

Office of the Governor

 

20301 Mail Service Center • Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

Jan. 19, 2012

Contact: Mark Johnson                          

Office: (919) 733-5612        

Aircraft Maintenance Company to Add 25 Jobs in Forsyth County

State Grant Helps Firm Expand in Winston-Salem

RALEIGH - Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that Piedmont Propulsion Systems LLC, a leader in military, regional airline and general aviation turboprop overhaul and repair, will expand in Forsyth County.  The company plans to create 25 jobs and invest more than $1.6 million during the next three years in Winston-Salem.  The project was made possible in part by a $50,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

“My top priority is creating jobs,” Gov. Perdue said. “We have been able to aggressively grow the aerospace sector in the Triad and North Carolina because of our history of investing in education and building a highly skilled workforce. These investments must continue, along with our investments in infrastructure and transportation that have created our top-ranked business climate.”

Piedmont Propulsion Systems was founded in 1948 under Piedmont Airlines and is currently owned by First Aviation Services Inc.  The company repairs and overhauls composite and metal blades, actuators, hubs, governors and control units for major propeller manufacturers.  Piedmont Propulsion Systems currently employs 31 full-time and 4 part-time employees at its facilities in Winston-Salem.  As part of the project, the company will renovate and move into space at the Smith-Reynolds Airport.

“North Carolina has what it takes to be successful in attracting businesses to the state: a skilled work force, a business friendly environment and a government that encourages economic growth and is focused on job creation.”, says Aaron Hollander, Chairman and CEO of First Aviation Services, Inc., the parent company of Piedmont Propulsion Systems (PPS). “The cooperation and efficiency we experienced in the approval process between the Airport Authority, City, County and State Governments was impressive. We are very pleased that North Carolina will be a long-term home to an important First Aviation business unit."

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $34,304.  The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state.  Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds.  These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.

“Piedmont Propulsion is further evidence of how we have transformed North Carolina from agriculture and manufacturing to a diverse economy with high-tech, higly skilled industries,” said Sen. Linda Garrou, of Winston-Salem. “That transformation is due to our focus and funding for education.”

“These are exactly the sort of jobs we want to bring to the Triad and our state,” said Rep. Earline Parmon, of Winston-Salem. “Piedmont Propulsion saw that the policies we have pursued in the past were oriented toward the future, not short term gain, and created the kind of business climate that made today’s announcement possible.”

North Carolina continues to have a top-ranked business climate.  Through Gov. Perdue’s JobsNOW initiative, the state works aggressively to create jobs, train and retrain its workforce, and lay the foundation for a strong and sustainable economic future.

Through use of the One NC Fund companies have committed to create more than 60,000 jobs and $11 billion in investment since 2001.  Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, the N.C. Community Colleges, the City of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, the Airport Commission of Forsyth County and the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about Piedmont Propulsion Systems, including job opportunities, please visit piedmontpropulsion.com.

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Mark Johnson

Deputy Communications Director

Office of the Governor

1 East Edenton Street

Raleigh, NC 27601

919-733-5612

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Beverly Eaves Perdue  
Governor

State of North Carolina

Office of the Governor

20301 Mail Service Center - Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

Jan. 27, 2011
Contact: Chris Mackey
Office: (919) 733-5612
        

 

Aircraft Maintenance Provider to Bring 308 Jobs to Forsyth County

State Grant Helps NS Aviation Locate in Winston-Salem

RALEIGH - Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that NS Aviation, a start-up provider of aircraft maintenance and repair services, will locate in Forsyth County.  The company plans to create 308 jobs and invest $1.27 million during the next four years in Winston-Salem.  The project was made possible in part by a $300,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

“NS Aviation is part of North Carolina’s transformation to a highly-skilled, knowledge-driven economy, as they join the growing aerospace industry in the Triad,” said Gov. Perdue.  “Not only are our workforce, infrastructure and strong-business climate helping us attract new investments, but we are helping hundreds of North Carolina families get back on their feet.”

NS Aviation, a start-up provider of aircraft maintenance and repair services, plans to open a maintenance facility at Smith Reynolds airport in Winston-Salem.  The facility, originally built and operated by Piedmont Airlines, was most recently the home of Pace Airlines which ceased operations in 2009.  NS Aviation plans to revive much of the former repair business of Pace Airlines and expects to hire many of the former Pace employees that are currently unemployed.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $42,072.  The Forsyth County average annual wage is $41,912.

“We are very excited to bring new job opportunities to Winston-Salem and give people an opportunity to work for a locally owned company,” said Charlie Creech, President of NS Aviation.  “A lot of people have worked very hard to bring this to reality.” 

“This area is blessed with tremendous aviation experience and we will be proud to show off home grown talent,” said Russ Kota, Vice-President of Maintenance.

The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state.  Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds.  These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.

“When companies like NS Aviation are looking for a home, they want highly-skilled workers and an infrastructure and business climate that will enable them to flourish,” said Sen. Linda Garrou, of Winston-Salem. “They knew they could find it in North Carolina.”

“North Carolina is able to attract companies like NS Aviation because, even in these difficult times, we continued to invest in the education and training that build a skilled workforce,” said Rep. Earline Parmon, of Winston-Salem.

North Carolina continues to have a top-ranked business climate.  Through Gov. Perdue’s JobsNOW initiative, the state works aggressively to create jobs, train and retrain its workforce, and lay the foundation for a strong and sustainable economic future.

Through use of the One NC Fund, more than 50,000 jobs and $9 billion in investment have been created since 2001.  Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, the Golden LEAF Foundation, Winston-Salem Business Inc., Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Small Business and Technology Development Center, Forsyth County and the Airport Commission of Forsyth County.

For more information about job opportunities, call the company’s job line at 336-837-1350.

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New Airline Takes Flight in Winston-Salem

 

Dynamic Aviation Launches Dynamic Airways

Dynamic Aviation, a leading provider of innovative aviation solutions to government and commercial organizations worldwide, marks the launch of its new commercial jet service. The new jet charter business is expected to begin flying passengers across the U.S. and around the world in early November.

Dynamic Airways will bring business and jobs to the Piedmont Triad area. The new jet charter airline will serve the federal government and a wide array of commercial customers, including corporate travel groups, tour operators, collegiate-athletic teams and other entities that have needs for customized, reliable jet charter services. The airline is capable of worldwide charter, including routes between the U.S. and the Caribbean and Mexico. Currently the company operates one MD-88 jet and a second aircraft is slated to be delivered in mid-December. Dynamic Aviation currently employs a staff of 40 full-time and part-time personnel, which is expected to grow based on customer need. Dynamic Aviation is excited to join the growing family of aviation companies in Winston-Salem and the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina.