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Outdoor Furniture Manufacturer Will Open New Factory In Roxboro PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 14:20

POLYWOOD, a manufacturer of outdoor furniture made from recycled plastics, will create 384 jobs over five years in Person County. 

“Bringing good jobs to rural communities like Person County is essential to helping all of North Carolina thrive,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “Innovative companies like POLYWOOD show how North Carolina’s furniture industry can continue to adapt and succeed, thanks to our strong workforce.”

POLYWOOD manufactures low-maintenance, recyclable lumber from plastics and is a premier wood alternative in outdoor furniture. The company developed state-of-the-art technology and lean manufacturing processes that minimize waste and ensure products are built to order with next day shipping. POLYWOOD was founded by Doug Rassi and Mark Phillabaum in 1990 with the idea of taking milk jugs and recycling them into plastic lumber furniture.  The company is headquartered in Syracuse, Indiana.

“We are excited about opening our new full scale production campus in North Carolina,” said POLYWOOD Chief Executive Officer Doug Rassi. “The skilled manufacturing workforce, high level of information technology and growth potential in the state make it an excellent choice for our expansion. We look forward to building long term relationships in both the local community of Roxboro and the state.”

The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC) led the state’s support for the company’s expansion.

POLYWOOD will open a full manufacturing and distribution center for outdoor furniture. The site will also house a reclamation center for all types of recycled plastics. These materials will be processed and reused in on-site manufacturing and sold to others using recycled plastics.

Salaries of the additional jobs will vary by position. Once all positions are filled, the total payroll impact is expected to be $14.2 million, and average salaries will be above the Person County average of $38,875.

“Manufacturers continue to choose North Carolina because of our experienced workforce, strong infrastructure and favorable business climate,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “POLYWOOD is a welcome addition to Person County and to North Carolina’s furniture manufacturing industry.”

POLYWOOD’s project in Person County will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Over the course of the 12-year term of this grant, the project will grow the state’s economy by an estimated $439 million. Using a formula that considers the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $3.33 million, spread over 12 years. State payments only occur following performance verification by the departments of Commerce and Revenue that the company has met its incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIG projects result in positive net tax revenue to the state treasury, even after taking into consideration the grant’s reimbursement payments to a given company.

“Person County knows manufacturers – we have a workforce skilled in modern manufacturing and a business environment that helps manufacturers thrive,” said N.C. Senator Mike Woodard. “I’m proud to welcome POLYWOOD’s new full-scale production facility here in Roxboro.”

“POLYWOOD’s new facility is a welcome addition to Person County’s manufacturing industry,” said N.C. Representative Larry Yarborough. “These jobs will bring new opportunity for families and a new partner in Person County’s growth. I want to thank and congratulate the local Person County Economic Development team that has been working on this and other projects.”

Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System and Person County.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 14:23
 
Cooper Appoints District Judge For Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren Counties PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:40

S. Katherine (Kat) Burnette has been appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to preside in Judicial District 9 which covers Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties. 

“Burnette’s commitment to serving North Carolina, along with her devotion and experience in the practice of law, makes her an ideal choice to serve Judicial District 9,” said. Gov. Cooper.

Burnette has practiced law in North Carolina for over 33 years and has served on the North Carolina Board of Elections, the North Carolina Board of Ethics and the North Carolina State Personnel Commission. She has experience practicing family, criminal, and bankruptcy law as well as civil and commercial litigation. In her role as an Assistant United States Attorney of the Eastern District of North Carolina, Burnette received two national service awards for her work.

Burnette received her Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Wake Forest University, and she is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Queens University in Charlotte.

Burnette will fill the vacancy created by Judge Carolyn J. Thompson who was appointed to serve as a Superior Court Judge earlier this year.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:43
 
Nine Additional Counties Approved For Florence Disaster Assistance PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:56
Nine additional counties have been approved for major federal disaster assistance to help individuals and communities recover from Hurricane Florence. Individuals in Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Pitt, Richmond, Scotland and Wilson counties are now able to apply for disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Florence.
 
With the addition of these nine counties, 27 counties have now been approved for federal assistance. As of today, approximately 80,000 people have registered for disaster assistance and more than $ 26 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved for individuals and families. In addition to the nine counties added today, 18 North Carolina counties were previously designated for federal disaster assistance: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Lenoir, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, and Wayne.
 
Additional counties are under consideration with FEMA to be added to the list of included counties.
 
Anyone with a home damaged by Florence in any county is encouraged to begin the FEMA registration process by calling 1-800-621-FEMA to register via telephone or by visiting disasterassistance.gov to register online.
 
If you have a homeowner’s or flood insurance policy, file your insurance claim immediately before applying for disaster assistance.
 
Do not wait to begin your cleanup and repairs. Take photos of all damage and save all receipts.
 
FEMA’s disaster assistance programs are designed to help with grants for basic repairs to make survivors’ homes safe, sanitary and secure and to provide a temporary place to live while survivors develop their recovery plans.
 
Additional Information Resources
 
The statewide NC 211 information line can provide callers with housing, recovery and other storm-related details. Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162, or text FLORENCE to 898211. The information line is staffed around the clock to connect North Carolinians to storm resources. Other resources can be obtained by visiting ncdps.gov or following NC Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter. <http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=38109465&msgid=436714&act=E9NM&c=1346310&destination=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2FNCEmergency> 
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 10:21
 
National General Insurance Will Add 600+ Jobs In Winston-Salem PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 24 September 2018 08:37
National General Insurance, a property and casualty insurance company, plans to expand its operations in Winston-Salem to create 626 jobs over five years. The company, and a subsidiary of National General Holdings Corp., plans to invest $12.2 million in North Carolina by the end of 2022.
 
“National General Insurance is a global insurance and technology leader that calls North Carolina home thanks to our talented workforce,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “We’re excited to partner with National General as they expand and create 626 new, good-paying jobs in Forsyth County.”
 
National General, formerly the GMAC Insurance Group, is based in Winston-Salem and was founded there in 1920. The company is planning to expand its current operations to provide customer service and grow the company’s technology operations. New jobs will be in the areas of accounting, sales, analytics, HR, IT, legal, operations and other business functions. National General currently employs 1405 people in North Carolina.
 
“We are very excited to finalize plans for National General’s expansion in Winston-Salem,” said Barry Karfunkel, Chief Executive Officer of National General. “Winston-Salem has been a key market in our operations since the company’s founding, and we look forward to continued growth in this location. Our local knowledge, expertise and deep North Carolina roots will enable us to continue to provide North Carolinians great rates on their auto insurance.”
 
National General will add a variety of job functions with this project, with an annual payroll impact expected to be more than $30 million when all positions have been added and average salaries expected to be above the Forsyth County average.
 
“North Carolina’s educated workforce and strong university and community college system make us a successful spot for finance and tech companies,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony Copeland. “When companies like National General look to expand their operations, they select North Carolina for its strong business climate and unparalleled quality of life. We welcome the company’s investment in Forsyth County and the new jobs this project will bring.”
 
The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC) led the state’s support for the company’s selection.
 
National General’s expansion project in Forsyth County will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Over the course of the 12-year term of this grant, the project will grow the state’s economy by an estimated $1.9 billion. Using a formula that accounts for the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential state reimbursement to the company of up to $5,600,700 spread over 12 years. State payments only occur following performance verification by the Departments of Commerce and Revenue that the company has met its incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIG projects result in positive net tax revenue to the state treasury, even after taking into consideration the grant’s reimbursement payments to a given company.
 
Because National General chose to expand in Forsyth County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 2, the company’s JDIG agreement also calls for moving as much as $622,300 in new tax revenue generated through the grant into the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account. The Utility Account helps rural communities finance necessary infrastructure upgrades to attract future business. Even when new jobs are created in a Tier 2 county such as Forsyth, the new tax revenue generated through JDIG grants helps more economically challenged communities throughout the state. More information on the state’s economic tier designations is available here.
 
“The City is grateful for the strong working partnership we have with the State relative to economic development projects such as the National General expansion,” said Allen Joines, mayor of Winston-Salem. “These projects are only able to happen when there is collaboration between the City, County and the State.”
 
“We welcome this business expansion from one of our area’s valued employers,” said N.C. Senator Paul Lowe, Jr. “It’s a pleasure to see National General and its employees thrive in North Carolina.”
 
“Many state and local partners came together to help make today’s decision possible,” said N.C. Representative Derwin Montgomery. “These partners also stand ready to support National General’s leaders and employees in the future so the company will continue to find success in our community.”
 
"National General is a hometown company with good jobs and a bright future,” said David R. Plyler, Chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners. “We are incredibly excited that they have chosen to continue to expand here in Forsyth County."
 
Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Forsyth County, the City of Winston -Salem, and the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2018 08:39
 
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