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Collins Aerospace expansion to bring 50 jobs to West Plains

The company creates parts for airplanes and will need to hire positions in production and equipment manufacturing.

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. — A $145 million expansion project at the Collins Aerospace facility is expected to bring 50 jobs to the West Plains area.

The company creates parts for airplanes and will need to hire positions in production and equipment manufacturing, according to a company spokesperson.

The project will add 75,000 square feet throughout three buildings to its carbon brake manufacturing facility.

Joey Gunning, a growth development coordinator at Greater Spokane Inc., said Collins Aerospace is one example of the widespread growth occurring in the West Plains.

"With the new Amazon facility coming in that's going to be pretty monumental for the region and with Collins Aerospace, it's just really cool to see the work that all the different partners in the region are doing," he said.

Spokane County's business scene is made mostly of small companies, so growth in larger companies brings more people to the area to support the smaller businesses, Gunning said.

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"When you have these bigger companies come in and bring in jobs and bring in revenue, it really helps out small businesses and helps out the whole population," he said.

Other projects in the area include the Spokane Airport's transload facility, expected to bring about 7,000 jobs in November 2021, and Amazon's Fulfillment Center, expected to bring about 1,500 jobs by the end of 2020, Gunning said.

A Collins Aerospace spokesperson said hiring for the company's new facilities is projected to begin in 2021.

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