Honda Aircraft Co. begins $15.5 million, 83,000-square-foot expansion at PTI campus

Arguments over which state can truly claim as first in flight notwithstanding, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper told a crowd of about 200 gathered for Tuesday’s groundbreaking of the latest Honda Aircraft Co. expansion that being first in aerospace industry growth is inevitable.

“‘First in Flight’ has a new meaning in North Carolina as we continue to grow the aviation industry,” Cooper said. “Right now, North Carolina ranks as the second-fastest growing aerospace cluster in the United States. We now have 200 aerospace companies and 400 suppliers, and we’re making the push for first.”

The building will be the latest addition at the 133-acre Honda Aircraft Co. campus at Piedmont Triad International Airport, the $15.5 million, 83,000-square-foot expansion bringing the company’s total investment here to $245 million.

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