Moen manufactures it’s products in plants located in New Bern and Sanford, among others, and sends those appliances to Kinston for distribution around the globe.
With the planned $15.9 million expansion, the company will add roughly 150,000 square feet of warehouse and distribution space to it’s Kinston operation.
“This expansion and the jobs that come with it will secure the ability to deliver Moen’s growth over the years to come,” Jeff Swartz, senior vice president of operations at Moen Inc., said. “We continue to be impressed with the quality of the work base here on a daily basis.”
Troy Pedersen, manager of Kinston’s Moen plant, said the expansion to his facility will add roughly 35 jobs for Lenoir County residents at the plant over the next five years.
“This is a local community operation and we will continue to bring in local employees,” he said. “That’s what has made us successful here for almost 30 years now.”
Moen has been in Kinston since 1987. When deciding where to expand it’s operations, the company considered locations in Las Vegas and Atlanta before deciding on Kinston.
“We are always focused on providing world class services to all of our areas. The proximity of this facility to our facilities in New Bern and Sanford allows us to elevate that service,” Pedersen said.
Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy called the plant a “big win” for the city.
“The only way an expansion like this happens is because of the employees,” he said. “It’s because of you all that a brand as big as Moen would consider investing here.”
The expanded facility is expected to be completed and operational by the end of 2017.
Dustin George can be reached at 252-559-1077 or Dustin.George@Kinston.com.
Kinston, N.C. – Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development announced today that Moen Incorporated will be expanding its operations in the County and investing over $15 million and adding 35 new jobs in Kinston over the next five years.
“The city of Kinston has been a great fit for Moen, since we first became part of the community nearly 30 years ago,” said Moen Distribution Manager, Troy Pedersen. “When it came time to expand our distribution and warehouse capacity, Lenoir County was a natural choice. We are excited to begin construction this spring on an addition that will nearly double the size of our existing warehouse facility. This will allow us to increase our warehouse and distribution capacity for Moen Faucets, Kitchen and Bath Accessories, Sinks, and Garbage Disposals as we continue to service all of our customers throughout North America.”
As the #1 faucet brand in North America, Moen offers a diverse selection of thoughtfully designed kitchen and bath faucets, showerheads, accessories, bath safety products, garbage disposals and kitchen sinks for residential and commercial applications each delivering the best possible combination of meaningful innovation, useful features, and lasting value. Moen is dedicated to designing and delivering beautiful products that last a lifetime – all over the world.
“I’m excited to hear that Moen will further invest in, and create good paying jobs in Lenoir County,” said Representative John Bell. “When a company decides to invest in our community it creates great opportunity for our citizens. I appreciate their partnership and wish them continued success.”
“The re-emergence of Kinston’s economy continues with Moen’s expansion and investment announcement today. Since 1987, Moen has shipped high quality products right here in Kinston that are found in homes all across our country,” said City of Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy. “We are grateful that our local workforce and community partnerships have proven to be of great value to the Moen brand.”
“We are thrilled with the progress Moen has made at its Kinston facility, and wish them continued success as they roll out their new expansion to support their global distribution,” said Representative George Graham. “It means new jobs for our local residents and a stronger spotlight on manufacturing in Eastern North Carolina.”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from Lenoir County of up to $450,000. Companies receive no money up front and must meet investment performance standards to qualify for reimbursement. Local governments utilize these grants to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity.
“Lenoir County is pleased that Moen continues to invest in our community. It is a great company that produces state of the art products and provides jobs and careers to our citizens,” said Lenoir County Board of
Commissioners Chair Craig Hill. “Again, our economic development office, coupled with our local, regional, and state partners, have created an environment of cooperation that produces positive outcomes. We look forward to this investment in our community and the continued long term relationships we have developed with this world class company.”
In addition to Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development Office, other partners that helped with this project include: North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina Global TransPark, Lenoir Community College, North Carolina’s Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership, Lenoir Committee of 100, Inc., City of Kinston, and Barnhill Contracting Company.
Kinston, N.C. – Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development announced today that Lyndon Steel Company, LLC will be expanding its operations in Lenoir County. The Company will invest $4.5 million and create 25 new jobs in Kinston over the next two years.
“The city of Kinston has been a good fit for Lyndon/Kinston Steel, since first adding a plant here some eighteen years ago,” said Lyndon Steel Company, LLC President Sam Winters. “So when we decided it was time to expand our business, Lenoir County was a natural choice. We are excited to be growing and hope to begin construction this spring on an addition that will more than double the size of our existing manufacturing facility. This will allow us to increase our production of Fabricated Structural Steel as we continue to service the Commercial Construction Industry in the eastern part of the United States.
Lyndon Steel Company, LLC, headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been providing high quality steel at a competitive price with “on time delivery” for forty years. The company contains CNC automated equipment and its engineering department is unparalleled with the use of SDS2 and CAD applications. This cutting edge technology enables the company to support fast-track construction.
“I’m grateful to hear that Lyndon Steel Company is deciding to create good paying jobs in Lenoir County,” said Representative John Bell. “When a company decides to invest in our community it creates great opportunity for our citizens. I appreciate their partnership and wish them continued success.”
“This expansion is outstanding,” said Representative George Graham. “This is progress at its best. This will not only help to grow Lenoir County, but also Eastern North Carolina. Capital investment and new jobs will hopefully aid in the fight to attract young talent back to Eastern North Carolina.”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from Lenoir County of up to $128,000. Companies receive no money up front and must meet investment performance standards to qualify for reimbursement. Local governments utilize these grants to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity.
“It is another great day in Lenoir County. We welcome the continued growth of Lyndon Steel to our community,” said Lenoir County Board of Commissioner Chair Craig Hill. “Our economic development office, working with our state and region, are helping our community grow and prosper. This outstanding company brings quality jobs that will benefit Lenoir County and will serve as a model for other companies that would like to grow or relocate to an emerging County in the Eastern part of our State.”
In addition to Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development, other partners that helped with this project include: North Carolina Department of Transportation, North Carolina Community College System, Duke Energy, North Carolina’s Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership, and Lenoir Community College.
Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced today that Social Beverage Company, LLC will locate a craft distillery in Lenoir County. The company plans to create 34 new jobs and invest $5.8 million in the city of Kinston over three years.
“Kinston and Lenoir County have created a destination for tourists interested in good food, skilled chefs, and craftsmen that create products drawn from local farms and natural ingredients,” said Governor McCrory. “We applaud this community for attracting another company that supports community-based farming.”
The Social Beverage Company is a premium craft spirits producer dedicated to building a portfolio of lifestyle brands around a sense of community, innovation and responsible corporate citizenship. The company plans to revitalize a historic Kinston property to produce its signature farm-to-flask craft spirit, Social House Vodka. The distillery will adhere to rigorous standards for sourcing its essential ingredients from natural and organic farming, creating a gluten-free product made with North Carolina corn sourced within 50 miles of the facility.
“The Social Beverage Company will add yet another flavor to the culinary scene in downtown Kinston, in addition to the jobs it will create,” said Secretary Skvarla. Those new jobs will include management, production and sales positions. Salaries for the new jobs vary by position, but the average annual salary will be $50,071. The average wage in Lenoir County is $33,142.
“As Kinston continues to experience tremendous growth, it is an exciting time to build and operate our new facility with the support of the N.C. Department of Commerce, Lenoir County and the City of Kinston. North Carolina has created a welcoming environment for craft breweries and distilleries, and we are pleased to be a part of this growing industry in the state,” said Cary Joshi, president, Social Beverage Company. “The relationships we’ve formed with local farmers, interest from the local community, and the emerging art, culinary and craft spirits scene in downtown Kinston, present the perfect foundation to establish our distillery as a gathering place.”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $68,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. One NC grants also require and are contingent upon financial matches from local governments.
In addition to N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other partners that helped with this project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority, Lenoir County, and the City of Kinston.
Kinston, N.C. – Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development announced today that West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. will be expanding its operations in Lenoir County. The Company will invest $19 million in Kinston over the next year.
“West is pleased to expand our Kinston facility in order to continue delivering high-value packaging components to our pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical customers,” said Tom Gribbin, Operations Director, West. “In the 40 years that West has been in Kinston, Lenoir County has been a tremendous partner and we are incredibly grateful for the support they have provided which has enabled us to continue to grow our business.”
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, is a leader in developing and manufacturing packaging and delivery systems that enhance the administration of pharmaceuticals. The company works by the side of its customers from concept to patient to create products that promote the efficiency, reliability and safety of the world’s pharmaceutical drug supply.
“I am excited about the growth of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. in Eastern North Carolina,” said Representative John Bell. “When a company expands and invests in the community, it creates more opportunities for its citizens. We appreciate this continued partnership with West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. in Lenoir County, and look forward to many years of success for its employees and our citizens.”
“This expansion is outstanding,” said Representative George Graham. “This is progress at its best. This will not only help to grow Lenoir County, but all of Eastern North Carolina. Capital Investment and a world class site designation by West for the Kinston facility has the potential for job creation for our local workforce, the North Carolina Global TransPark, and for young people who will be graduating from high school. This will hopefully aid in the fight to attract young talent back to Eastern North Carolina. West has been good to stay and rebuild in Kinston, Lenoir County. Anything we can do to make this project a success, you can count on us.”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from Lenoir County of up to $400,000. Companies receive no money up front and must meet investment performance standards to qualify for reimbursement. Local governments utilize these grants to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity.
“Lenoir County is proud of the longstanding relationship with this company and their commitment to the county, region, and state,” said Lenoir County Board of Commissioner Chair Craig Hill. “The county has been committed to West through tough times and prosperous times. One of the reasons West has remained in Lenoir County is due to this 40 year relationship.”
In addition to Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development, other partners that helped with this project include: North Carolina Community College System and Lenoir Community College.
Mr. Jonathan Grant, Process Engineer for William Barnet & Sons, presented students at South Lenoir High School with information regarding employment opportunities at Barnet. He displayed and discussed the many products that Barnet manufactures at the Kinston facility located on Hwy 258 North. He shared with students many of the products and fibers that are used to make Protective Fire Gear, Military Personal Protective Equipment, Concrete Strengthening Fibers, Air Filtering Fibers, and Rope designed for Rescue Rigging. He also expressed the need for students that may be potential employees to develop soft skills, mathematics skills, public speaking skills, and he encouraged them to train to take the Career Readiness Certification or CRC. All students at South Lenoir are encouraged to take the CRC and tutorials for this important test have already begun for this school year. The students were very attentive and had many questions about the ability to work at Barnett while attending Lenoir Community College or during Summer break. Some wanted to know what higher level jobs were available for students that planned to attend a four year University. The interest level was very high after Mr. Grant’s presentation and a visit to Barnet is being coordinated so that students can learn more about daily operations within the plant. Several students have requested an opportunity to interview for any potential openings and will be preparing a resume for review by the Barnet Human Resources Department.
Contrary to an earlier report, Moen will not be not be closing its distribution center in Kinston.
Yvonne Wold, manager of Moen’s New Bern plant, said the company is building a warehouse in Craven County to support the assembly plant already in operation there. However, the plan does not call for the closure of the Kinston center.
“This new building in no way will impact the Moen distribution center located in Kinston,” she said. “The Moen distribution center in Kinston will continue to operate and distribute Moen finished faucets in North America.”
During a presentation to the Craven County Board of Commissioners on Monday Timothy Downs, Craven County’s economic development director, mentioned the Kinston center when telling the commissioners about Moen’s plans for Craven County.