: Governor Roy Cooper celebrated North Carolina Manufacturing Week today with a tour of Collins Aerospace Interiors in Winston-Salem. The company is one of over 10,000 manufacturers that employ more than 470,000 people in the state, making North Carolina the largest manufacturing employer in the Southeast. He also signed the official proclamation for NC Manufacturing Week.
The company announced today it is partnering with Forsyth Technical Community College to create an apprenticeship program focused on people interested in engineering. Collins Aerospace is also working with Forsyth Tech to provide a pre-hire training program to the local workforce that can grow with the needs of this manufacturer.
"Manufacturing is our heritage and will be a part of North Carolina's future economic growth,"
said Governor Cooper. "Collins Aerospace and Forsyth Tech will team up to build an even more vibrant manufacturing workforce for Winston-Salem and beyond."
Collins Aerospace is a world leader in designing, developing and manufacturing cabin interior products and services that deliver innovation, reliability and efficiency across a wide range of civil, commercial and military aircraft. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, the company employs approximately 13,000 people in 25 locations worldwide. The business has been part of the Winston-Salem community for nearly 50 years and currently employs more than 2,000 people locally.
The company's offerings include aircraft cabin seating; interior and exterior lighting and engineering solutions; oxygen systems; food and beverage preparation and storage equipment; galley systems; inflatable aircraft evacuation systems; water and waste systems; and advanced lavatory systems.
Since taking office, Governor Cooper has added 22,210 manufacturing jobs with $6.4 billion investment. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, $1.82 is generated for North Carolina's economy.
- Contact: Ford Porter