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Furniture Company Will Open Plant In Catawba County PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 11 January 2019 12:12
Design Foundry, LLC, will open a new furniture manufacturing facility in Catawba County, creating 202 new jobs over five year. The company plans to invest more than $3.1 million in the project. 
 
“North Carolina is the international home of the furniture industry with leading manufacturers, designers and events,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “Our state’s experienced furniture talent is the reason for our success. Design Foundry’s decision to open a new facility in Hickory both underscores our reputation and sets the industry up for future growth.”
 
Design Foundry will manufacture upholstered furniture in partnership with a major furniture and home goods retailer. The company will emphasize the strong tradition of handmade furniture combined with technology in manufacturing to create new methods of manufacturing through supplier partnerships and internal research and development. 
 
“We are excited to make Catawba County our home,” said Eric Fulcher, CEO/President of Design Foundry. “The community has a strong tradition of being makers of great things, with furniture being an important part of that history. Investments in STEM programs within Catawba County helped affirm our decision to select Hickory, N.C. as the location for this new company. We believe Catawba County can be at the forefront of combining innovative technology with the artisan craft. We are excited about the opportunities this will create for everyone. Together, with our skilled men and women, new generations will be introduced to upholstery manufacturing. We look forward to partnering with suppliers, other businesses and community organizations to make this happen. The foundation of everything we do, is to enhance the lives of those in our community. Design Foundry – Building People, Making Furniture.”
 
Design Foundry will hire craftspeople, in addition to those with education or experience based in science, technology, engineering and math. The company plans to use advanced equipment and practices in their manufacturing processes. Salaries for the new jobs will vary by position and experience with the average salary of $57,995. The average salary is higher than the Catawba County average of $41,531.
 
“Workforce needs in every industry are changing rapidly, and furniture manufacturing and design is no different,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “I look forward to partnering with Design Foundry to make sure we are investing in our world-class furniture talent and offering opportunities for students and workers to gain new skills as the industry innovates.” 
 
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. 
 
The Design Foundry facility in Catawba 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 State expects the project will grow the state’s economy by an estimated $320 million. Using a formula that accounts for the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $1,545,300 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 Design Foundry chose to designate its corporate headquarters in Catawba County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 2, the company’s JDIG agreement also calls for moving as much as $171,700 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 Catawba, 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.
 
“Design Foundry is bringing 202 new, well-paying jobs to Hickory, and it’s our community’s world-class furniture craftsman and furniture manufacturing training opportunities that sealed this great deal for Catawba County and North Carolina as a whole,” said N.C. Representative Mitchell Setzer.
 
“Catawba County has the experienced craftsman that furniture manufacturers need to succeed,” said N.C. Senator Andy Wells. “I am proud to welcome Design Foundry’s new project in Hickory.”
 
Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Catawba County, the City of Hickory and the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 January 2019 12:15
 
Union County Public Works Employees Honored PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 21 December 2018 12:46
Union County Public Works scored a pair of second-place finishes in the Operations Challenge and Pipe-Tapping Contest at the 98th Annual North Carolina American Water Works Association - Water Environment Association (NC AWWA-WEA) Conference in Raleigh. Their efforts were recognized at the County’s Board of Commissioners meeting 
 
Held at the annual NC AWWA-WEA conference in November, the competitions are extended to all utility organizations in N.C. The Operations Challenge consists of four-person teams, along with their coach, competing in events that test their skills in various wastewater-related activities. There are four events in the Challenge: Collection System, Laboratory, Process Control, and Pump Maintenance. Union County’s Blake Brooks, Wyatt Howell, Hayden Hunter, Aaron Winans and Matt Hargett earned first place in the Collections and Process Control events, but due to total score overall, achieved second place.
 
The water pipe tapping contest is a timed competition in skill where teams open a cement-lined, ductile iron pipe and install a tap. Teams consist of four people; three technicians and their coach. Chase Griffin, Rick Mareth, Justin Huntley and Richard Baker achieved second place in this event for Union County.
Union County’s performance qualified the team to represent N.C. at the international competition next year in Chicago.
 
“It’s quite an honor to finish second in the state,” said Greg Morgan, Utility Field Services Superintendent. “Challenges like this really bring us together as a team and that’s what’s most important. I’m proud of our guys and appreciate the Board recognizing their achievement.”
 
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource.
 
237 Manufacturing Jobs Coming To Catawba County PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 21 December 2018 10:15

Catawba County will see a total of 237 new jobs and more than $43.4 million in private investment from economic development projects with manufacturing companies, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.

“Catawba County has the talent and infrastructure that manufacturers need to succeed, and today’s announcement shows that global companies recognize that value,” said Governor Cooper. “I will keep working nonstop to help communities like Catawba County continue attracting good jobs like the ones ShurTape and ITM have committed today.”

Isotopen Technologien München AG (ITM), a group of specialized radiopharmaceutical companies, has selected Catawba County for its first North American manufacturing facility of its subsidiary Isotopes Technologies Garching (ITG), creating 137 new jobs. ITM will invest $12 million in Hickory with the project. Some of ITM’s products are part of a new generation of targeted cancer diagnostics and therapies.

Shurtape Technologies, LLC, an industry-leading manufacturer and marketer of adhesive tape and consumer home and office products, will expand operations in Catawba County, creating 100 new jobs. The company will add these jobs over four years and invest $31.4 million in the project. In addition to specialty adhesive solutions, Shurtape offers products under brand names such as Duck®, FrogTape®, Painter’s Mate®, Shurtape®, T-Rex® and Kip®.

These three projects will be facilitated, in part, by Job Development Investment Grants (JDIGs) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Using a formula that takes into account the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreements authorize potential reimbursements to the companies 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. Details of these grants is available at nccommerce.com/news/press-releases 

Last Updated on Friday, 21 December 2018 10:16
 
Aviation Maintenance Company Will Set Up Shop At Global Trans Park PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 21 December 2018 10:10

Aviation Company Selects the North Carolina Global TransPark for New Aircraft Paint and Refurbishment Center

 

Project will create 145 jobs in Lenoir County

 

RALEIGH: LGM Enterprises, LLC, an aviation company that operates the Fly Exclusive jet charter service, will create 145 jobs and launch a company to paint and refurbish aircraft at the North Carolina Global TransPark, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The project brings an investment of $10.5 million to Lenoir County.

 

“The jobs and investment LGM Enterprises brings to Lenoir County will put more money in people’s pockets and help eastern North Carolina’s economy prosper,” Governor Cooper said. “Aviation and aerospace are one of North Carolina’s core industry sectors, and the Global TransPark is an important hub for this industry in our state.”

 

LGM Enterprises’ Fly Exclusive subsidiary provides high quality, safe and reliable point-to-point private jet service at industry-leading levels of affordability, accessibility and client satisfaction. Jetstream, a new wholly-owned subsidiary of LGM, will operate a state-of-the-art electrostatic paint and coating facility at the Global TransPark. Such facilities are a key asset for aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operations and the facility will add important new capabilities to the Global TransPark.

 

“We welcome LGM Enterprises’ choice to expand in Lenoir County,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “The aviation and aerospace industry has deep roots all across the state and today’s decision confirms the Global TransPark’s role as one of the state’s key anchors for this industry.”

 

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

 

LGM Enterprises will add a variety of positions with this expansion, including pilots, painting technicians, and aircraft maintenance personnel. Salaries for the new positions will average $59,245, which is higher than the current Lenoir County average wage of $35,543.

 

LGM Enterprises’ s expansion in Lenoir 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 $414 million. Using a formula that takes into account the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $2,346,000, 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.

 

Partnering with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and its Division of Aviation, the Golden LEAF Foundation, the North Carolina Global TransPark Foundation, Lenoir Community College, the United States Department of Agriculture, Lenoir County, the City of Kinston, and the North Carolina Global TransPark Authority.

 
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