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The First Minister and Economy Minister have welcomed the successful completion of the sale of Shorts Brothers to Spirit AeroSystems.

The First Minister, deputy First Minister and Economy Minister have welcomed the successful completion of the sale of Shorts Brothers to Spirit AeroSystems.

The Ministers also thanked Bombardier for their positive influence on Shorts during its 31 year ownership of the company.

First Minister Arlene Foster said: “The finalisation of this sale today is positive news, bringing a level of certainty and much needed optimism to workers and the broader community.

“Shorts is an important part of the fabric of Northern Ireland. It has an exceptional workforce and a proud history of innovation and drive. With a strong presence across the world, Shorts has helped to transform Northern Ireland Aerospace into a recognised brand.

“We warmly welcome Spirit to Northern Ireland and, under their ownership, look forward to seeing Shorts go from strength to strength. I also want to thank Bombardier for its 31 year commitment and investment.”

Economy Minister Diane Dodds said: “Today is a major development in Northern Ireland, given the significance of Shorts, as one of our region’s oldest companies, a major employer and economic driver. The Aerospace sector has been, and remains, a high priority sector for Northern Ireland.

"The industry has built up valuable skills and capabilities over decades and it is vital that this knowhow is preserved. As we look forward to a new era for Shorts under the ownership of Spirit, I am very confident that the legacy being left by Bombardier provides a solid foundation for the future.”