Spirit AeroSystems has invested £5 million at its Prestwick site, adding a new paint and finishing centre.
The aerostructure supply company, which works with Airbus and Boeing, was supported in the investment with a £450,000 Regional Selective Assistance Grant from Scottish Enterprise which helped secure 75 jobs at the site.
Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds large aerostructures, including fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components, for both commercial and defence programmes.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“This is great news for Ayrshire. Aerospace is one of our highest value sectors, playing a vital role in Scotland’s economy.
“Spirit’s latest £5 million investment in the facility is very welcome and shows a real commitment to developing the workforce and operations at Prestwick.
“I am sure this will see the company continue to go from strength to strength, increasing efficiency and competitiveness and opening up new markets.
“I wish the Spirit team every success moving forward.”
Spirit AeroSystems vice president for UK and Malaysia, Scott McLarty, added:
“We are grateful for the investment by Scottish Enterprise and their partnership with us.
“This finishing centre improves our competitiveness as a world-class manufacturer and presents us with new opportunities to continually improve the quality products we deliver for our customers as production increases for single aisle aircraft."