LGM Enterprises to create 145 jobs at Global TransPark
Gov. Roy Cooper speaks to the crowd at the Global TransPark Thursday. Sitting next to him are, from left, Global TransPark director Allen Thomas, JetStream Aviation president Jim Segrave and Lenoir County Chairman Craig Hill. Photo by Junious Smith III / Neuse News
Lenoir County received a huge aviation announcement 115 years after the initial one.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday at the Global TransPark that LGM Enterprises, an aviation company which operates the Fly Exclusive jet charter service, will create 145 jobs and launch a company to paint and refurbish aircraft. LGM Enterprises will add numerous positions, including pilots, painting technicians and aircraft maintenance personnel.
The salaries for the new positions will average $59,245, higher than the average wage of $35,543 in Lenoir County.
“We know the quality of people here in Eastern North Carolina and we know what this organization can mean for our state,” Cooper said. “LGM knows the people of Eastern North Carolina, specifically Lenoir County. They know they’re dedicated, they’re ready to work and that we can get for them — particularly with the help of our great community college — the education and training they need to do the job.”
The announcement comes nearly 115 years after the Wright Brothers’ flight on Dec. 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, where the first successful aircraft was launched.
Kinston mayor Don Hardy said he’s excited for the additional jobs and opportunity.
“It’s great to be considered for this opportunity and to see our economy sparked due to JetStream Aviation,” Hardy said. “This will be wonderful for all surrounding counties in the job market, especially here.”
The project is slated to bring an investment of $10.5 million to Lenoir County and over the 12-year course of the Job Development Investment Grant, which helped LGM Enterprise facilitate the expansion, it will grow the state’s economy by an estimated $414 million.
“It’s a great project for Eastern North Carolina and it really expands upon what’s going on here at the Global TransPark,” Lenoir County Commissioner J. Mac Daughety said. “I’m hoping with this investment and the 145 jobs coming to the area, this will be just the start of something special.”