SHELBY, NC - Gov. Pat McCrory's administration says five companies plan to expand their manufacturing operations in North Carolina and hire up to 380 workers in the coming years.
State Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said Friday the companies in Lumberton, Shelby, Thomasville, Candler and Mooresville announced expansion plans as part of a goal to build back manufacturing in rural communities.
Decker says manufacturers are spending more on automation, which means fewer jobs but higher pay for factory workers with computer and other higher-level skills. Greenheck Fan Corp. said it plans to add 184 jobs and invest $30 million over the next five years in Shelby.
Polyester fiber maker Custom Nonwoven Inc. will open a new plant in Thomasville and hire 72 people over the next three years in Thomasville. Jacob Holm Industries plans to expand with 66 jobs and $46 million invested in Candler over the next three years. The plant now employs 82 workers.
The jobs will pay an average of more than $46,000 plus benefits, compared to the Buncombe County average salary of $35,565 a year. Sister companies Flo-Tite Valve Controls and Titan Flow Control will expand in Lumberton, adding a total of 40 jobs. Automotive parts maker NGK Ceramics USA will add 18 jobs at a Mooresville factory that now employs more than 600 workers.