SHELBY – Governor McCrory was in Shelby, N.C. today to announce 86 new job openings there over the next three years. House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland County) and Commerce Secretary John Skavarla joined him at Metal Works Manufacturing, a company that is new to North Carolina after getting a grant through the Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG). Manufacturing is the state’s largest sector, employing more than 440,000 North Carolinians. Skvarla said that so far this year, it’s also the fastest growing industry, according to the 2015 Community Investment Report.
“Manufacturing is alive and well in our state,” said Skvarla. “Just in the first quarter of 2015, the manufacturing sector led all industries in new jobs created, adding more than 2,800 announced jobs.”
Metal Works will manufacture parts for clients like Boeing and Caterpillar. The jobs should average around $45,000 per year in county where the average income is less that $35,000 a year.
“Nothing compares to North Carolina’s manufacturing workforce,” said McCrory. “This new company will find well qualified employees to not only make armor for specialty vehicles but also manufacture lifts and material handling equipment. I admire companies that make things in our great state.”
“This is a win-win for North Carolina,” said Speaker Tim Moore. “A corporate acquisition not only retains existing jobs in Shelby, but will expand our local workforce. Governor McCrory and I will continue to work hard to bring jobs to Cleveland County and across our great state.”
The terms of the JDIG mean that the state’s utility fund could get an infusion of more than $235,000 from the project. The utility fund sets aside money for infrastructure improvements in economically distressed areas. Metal Works is owned by the Universal Manufacturing Company which acquired the local plant as part of their expansion into the state.
“ We have been very impressed with the North Carolina workforce,” said Donald Dunn, President & CEO of Universal Mfg. Co. “The facility and manufacturing capability in our Shelby operation is absolutely first class.”
Metal Works Manufacturing Company would receive 12 annual reimbursements under the terms of their JDIG. They get the reimbursements in installments as they fulfilled the job creation requirements of the grant.