Kinston, N.C. – Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development announced today that EZ-Flo International, Inc. will be expanding its operations in Lenoir County. The Company will invest over $1.6 million and create 10 new jobs in Kinston over the next two years.
“EZ-FLO International is excited to complete the acquisition of our new warehouse in Kinston, North Carolina, in order to accommodate our rapid growth. The new warehouse space is approximately 140,000 square feet, which will serve as the logistic hub for our operations. This expansion represents an exciting development for EZ-FLO. Our company continues to grow at a rapid pace, and we are pleased that the addition of our Kinston location will allow us to accommodate even more inventory and expand our team of valued employees in order to support our continued growth. We understand that in order to meet our company objective of being a market leader we must continue to hire and retain the brightest and most qualified employees we can find. We are confident we will continue to be able to do so in Kinston in order to support our current business while simultaneously positioning our company for continued rapid growth.” said Michael Phillips, General Counsel.
“I’m excited to hear that EZ-Flo International, Inc. is deciding to locate, 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 welcome them to Kinston/Lenoir County.”
“We are thrilled with the decision that EZ-Flo has made to locate its facilities and operations in Lenoir County, and wish them success.” 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 and the City of Kinston up to $30,675. 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 EZ-Flo has decided to invest in our community. EZ-Flo is a leading manufacturer and distributor of plumbing, HVAC and hardware products. They have a commitment to bring the best value to its customers. Expansion like this 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.”
“The re-emergence of Kinston’s economy continues with EZ-Flo’s expansion and investment announcement today.” 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 EZ-Flo and their decision to invest in Kinston.”
In addition to Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development, other partners that helped with this project include: North Carolina Community College System, Lenoir Community College, North Carolina’s Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership, Lenoir Committee of 100, Inc., City of Kinston.