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180 Jobs Are Headed For Cleveland County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 10 February 2017 11:53
Governor Roy Cooper announced that Clearwater Paper Corporation will launch a major expansion at its facility in Cleveland County, creating 180 jobs over the next two years. The company will invest $330 million at its production and distribution operations in Shelby.
 
“Companies like Clearwater Paper know that North Carolina is a wonderful place to do business thanks to our skilled workforce, strong infrastructure and prime location,” said Governor Cooper. “We want companies looking to expand to come to North Carolina because there’s no better place to invest and grow.”
 
Clearwater Paper is the largest provider of private-brand tissue to the U.S. retail market. Headquartered in Spokane, Wash., the publicly-traded company [NYSE: CLW] was created in 2008 through a spinoff from a predecessor company. Clearwater Paper has manufacturing facilities in 13 states. Its facility in Shelby opened in 2012 and currently employs 264. 
 
“North Carolina has the location, the cost structure, the workforce and the infrastructure that make it a smart choice for companies like Clearwater Paper,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. led the state’s support for the company’s expansion.
 
Clearwater Paper will hire operators, distribution staff, maintenance personnel and other workers. Salaries will vary by position, but the annual compensation of the company’s 180 new jobs will average $40,791. Cleveland County’s overall average wage is currently $36,576 per year.
 
“From 2010 to today, our experience operating in Shelby, North Carolina, has been exceptional and we continue to enjoy the region’s outstanding transportation infrastructure, business-friendly community, and overall quality of life,” said Linda Massman, president and CEO of Clearwater Paper.  “For those same reasons and a competitive incentive program from the City of Shelby, Cleveland County and the State of North Carolina, we are pleased to announce the company’s newest state-of-the-art tissue machine will be built in Shelby. And special thanks to the citizens of Cleveland County and the State of North Carolina for making our decision clear.”
 
Clearwater Paper’s expansion in Cleveland County will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Under the terms of the JDIG, the company is eligible to receive up to $2,635,200 in total reimbursements. Payments will occur in annual installments over 12 years pending verification by N.C. Commerce and N.C. Revenue that the company has met incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIGs reimburse new and expanding companies a portion of the newly created tax-base with the goal of increasing the overall revenue benefit to the state of North Carolina.
 
By law, JDIG projects must result in a net revenue inflow to the state treasury over the life of the award. For projects in Cleveland and other Tier 2 counties, 15 percent of the eligible grant is directed to the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account to help finance economic infrastructure in rural counties. Clearwater Paper’s expansion could provide as much as $292,800 in new funds for the Utility Account. Learn more about county tier designations.
 
“Today’s announcement is welcome news for Cleveland County and North Carolina,” said House Speaker Tim Moore. “Clearwater Paper has been an exemplary employer and member of our business community since it opened its doors here in 2010.”
 
“These additional jobs and capital investment are significant for Cleveland County’s economy,” said N.C. Senator Warren Daniel “Clearwater Paper’s success is yielding great dividends for our workers and our community.”
 
Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the N.C. Department of Transportation, the North Carolina Community College System, the Golden LEAF Foundation, the N.C. Railroad Company, CSX Corporation, Cleveland County, the City of Shelby, Duke Energy and the Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership.
 
Swiss Tech Firm Selects Mecklenburg County For Factory PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 10:33
Swiss Tech Firm Selects Mecklenburg County For Factory
 
Global technology group Oerlikon will invest $62 million to establish a manufacturing hub in Mecklenburg County that will create 93 new jobs during the next five years. 
 
“North Carolina is a leader in advanced manufacturing and these are the kinds of skilled, high-paying jobs we want to bring to our state,” Governor Roy Cooper said in an announcement. “A talented workforce, excellent access to markets and a competitive business climate make our state a top destination for global manufacturers.”
 
Oerlikon is headquartered in Pfäffikon, Switzerland. The company has been in business for more than 100 years and is a leader in surface solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. It has a global footprint of more than 13,500 employees at more than 170 locations in 37 countries. It serves customers in the automotive, aerospace, energy, medical and other industries.
 
Oerlikon’s Charlotte facility will be the company’s first additive manufacturing facility in the U.S. and will provide end-to-end advanced component manufacturing and house extensive research and development and production teams. The facility will showcase an integrated approach to the design and manufacture of advanced components to Oerlikon’s customers.
 
Oerlikon will hire engineers, R&D staff and skilled craftsmen for its North Carolina facility. While compensation will vary by position, annual salaries for the new jobs will average $93,011. Mecklenburg County’s overall wages currently average $62,741 per year.
 
“This investment in North Carolina marks an important step in our plans to become a leading service provider for the fast-expanding additive manufacturing market. I would like to thank the North Carolina Business Development Program for their support, and we look forward to becoming part of this community,” said Dr. Roland Fischer, Oerlikon CEO. 
 
Helping facilitate Oerlikon’s arrival in North Carolina was a performance-based grant of up to $1 million from the One North Carolina Fund. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance in support of local governments in creating jobs and attracting economic investment. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants are contingent upon a local government match.
 
“Oerlikon is the ideal fit for the Charlotte region’s economy and business community,” said N.C. Senator Jeff Tarte. “I look forward to supporting this innovative global company as it builds out its presence in North Carolina.”
 
“We welcome Oerlikon with open arms and appreciate the job opportunities it brings to Charlotte,” said N.C. Representative Chaz Beasley. “I am proud of the way our local, regional and state economic development organizations worked together to bring this prestigious international company to our community.”
 
In addition to North Carolina Commerce and EDPNC, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Mecklenburg County, the Town of Huntersville, the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation.
 
Keihin Carolina System Technology Will Expand In Edgecombe County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:09
Keihin Carolina System Technology will expand its automotive assembly operations in Edgecombe County, adding 42 jobs over the coming three years. The company plans to invest more than $13 million at its Tarboro facility.
 
“This expansion shows confidence in our workforce, our economy and our state as a great place for world-class employers to invest and grow,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “As a native of eastern North Carolina, I know how critical skilled manufacturing jobs like these are to Edgecombe County and other rural parts of North Carolina.”
 
Keihin Carolina will hire production associates and technical staff. While compensation will vary by position, average salaries for the new jobs will be $32,230, in line with Edgecombe County’s current average annual wage of $32,642.
 
N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. were instrumental in the expansion project. “This company is a key automotive supplier known for quality and global reach,” said Commerce Secretary Tony Copeland. “Keihin Carolina will add more jobs that keep North Carolina ranked number one for manufacturing jobs in the southeast.”
 
Keihin Carolina System Technology assembles and tests electrical components for Honda vehicles made around the world. Keihin Carolina has operated in Tarboro since 1998 and currently employs 400 people. 
 
A performance-based grant of $150,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Keihin Carolina’s expansion in Tarboro. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to support local government efforts to attract economic investment and create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants are contingent upon a local government match.
 
“Keihin Carolina System Technology, Inc., Keihin or KCST, as it is known locally, is a leader in the manufacture of Engine Control Units,” said plant manager David Catt. “KCST provides these world-class products with a combination of highly trained associates with advanced robotic technologies and automated manufacturing processes.”
 
Catt added, “Respect for the individual is key to the Keihin Philosophy. KCST considers its employees to be its greatest assets and invests heavily in their continuing education, training and manufacturing skills development. With the vision of ’Passionate people committed to excellence’ KCST strives to the world class performance in Product Quality, Customer Satisfaction, Employee Fulfillment and Dedication to Corporate Citizenship.”
 
Engine control units produced at KCST’s 147,000-square-foot plant in Tarboro are shipped to Honda assembly sites in the USA, as well as Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The company is a unit of Japan’s Keihin Corporation [Tokyo Stock Exchange: 7251], founded in 1956.
 
"With more than two decades of being an industry leader in providing system parts that promote conservation, emissions and efficiency goals, KCST is a major local employer that continues to grow, " said NC Senator Erica Smith-Ingram. "Best of all, this company is an engaged educational and community partner."
 
“Young people have access to promising career opportunities in our community thanks to Keihin Carolina,” said N.C. Representative Shelly Willingham. “It is always good to see existing employers expand right at home.”
 
In addition to North Carolina Commerce and EDPNC, other partners include the North Carolina Community College System, the Town of Tarboro, Edgecombe County and the Carolinas Gateway Partnership.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:10
 
Mountaire Farms To Open Feed Mill In Scotland County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:08
Mountaire Farms will launch a feed mill operation that will bring 65 jobs to Scotland County. The integrated poultry processing company plans to invest nearly $44 million at a site near Laurinburg over the next three years.
 
“These new, good-paying jobs mean better opportunities for hard-working people and their communities in Scotland County,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “Agriculture has a long and proud history in North Carolina and Mountaire Farms’ new state-of-the-art operations are a sign that the agriculture industry has a bright future here.”
 
The company’s Scotland County operations will employ machine operators, maintenance specialists, drivers, and management personnel. Wages will vary by position, but the average compensation for the new positions will be $51,408 per year. Scotland County’s average annual wage is approximately $34,037. 
 
N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. were instrumental in the expansion project. Commerce Secretary Tony Copeland added, “Mountaire Farms is a prominent name in North Carolina food manufacturing and its latest expansion reinforces the state’s $5 billion poultry industry.”
 
Founded in 1914, Mountaire Farms is a fully integrated producer of branded and private-label chicken for U.S. and international consumer markets. The Delaware-based company has production operations in four states. In North Carolina, Mountaire Farms employs nearly 2,700 people across seven locations.
 
According to Paul Downes, Mountaire’s President and CEO, “We believe North Carolina is the ideal place for Mountaire Farms to grow. We are very encouraged by the support we have received from the State of North Carolina, Scotland County, Scotland Economic Development Corporation, Laurinburg Maxton Airport Commission, the local community, and others. This is a fantastic project and we look forward to getting started.”
 
The Mountaire Farms Feed Mill project will also provide growth opportunities for local chicken producers and grain suppliers. Mountaire supports the poultry growing community and is a major purchaser of commodity grains including corn, soybeans, wheat, and barley.
 
Mountaire Farms’ expansion in North Carolina was made possible in part by a performance-based grant of up to $200,000 from the One North Carolina Fund. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance in support of local governments in creating jobs and attracting economic investment. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for grant funds. All One NC grants require a local government match.
 
“We welcome Mountaire Farms and the job opportunities it brings Scotland County,” said N.C. Senator Tom McInnis. “This significant investment will create noticeable economic benefits for the people of our community.”
 
“Congratulations to Mountaire Farms on the success that is driving this new agribusiness facility,” said N.C. Representative Garland Pierce. “I commend all our economic development partners for their hard work in bringing these 65 new jobs to Scotland County.”
 
In addition to North Carolina Commerce and EDPNC, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the North Carolina Community College System, the NC Railroad Company, Scotland County, the Laurinburg Maxton Airport Commission, the Scotland County Economic Development Corporation and North Carolina’s Southeast Regional Partnership.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:09
 
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