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21 Sep: North State Aviation to Open Maintenance Facility and Create 109 Jobs in Lenoir County

Kinston, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that North State Aviation will open an aircraft maintenance center at the North Carolina Global TransPark in Lenoir County, creating 109 new jobs over the next two years. The company will invest $900,000 over the same period. “North Carolina is pleased to support North State Aviation as it launches its new presence at the Global TransPark,” said Governor McCrory. “Like aviation itself, this company started right here in North Carolina. Its owners and employees have deep roots in…

24 Aug: Associated Materials Expands in Lenoir County

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory along with Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina announced Associated Materials, LLC, a manufacturer of residential building products, will expand its Lenoir County manufacturing operations. The project will create 72 jobs at the company’s facility in Kinston, along with a capital investment of $4.5 million over three years. “Associated Materials is a leading supplier of premium building products and it has chosen a high-quality location as the site of its latest expansion,” said Governor McCrory. “The company has been a valued member of North Carolina’s manufacturing…

01 Apr: ColorCoat, Inc. to Create 45 New Jobs with New Facility in Lenoir County

Kinston, N.C. – Lenoir County Economic Development and the Lenoir County Board of Commissioners announced today that ColorCoat, Inc. will invest over $300,000 in equipment and machinery in Lenoir County. The facility will create 45 new jobs during the year. “Having a new company that is a spinoff of an existing company locating with new jobs comes from maintaining strong working relationships between our Economic Development leadership team and our existing companies,” said Chairman Craig Hill, Lenoir County Board of Commissioners. “Another good day to be in Lenoir County.” ColorCoat, Inc. has been in operation for over five years at…

21 Nov: Barnet Visits South Lenoir High School

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…

23 Oct: DuPont Expansion to Bring 18 New Jobs to Lenoir County

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) is expanding its operations in Lenoir County. The company plans to create 18 new jobs and invest $30 million over the next three years in Kinston. “DuPont is one of North Carolina’s best-known employers,” said Governor McCrory. “By adding these high-paying, quality jobs to their production facility in Kinston, the company is making a much-needed difference to the economy in this part of the state.” DuPont employs more than 750 workers in North Carolina. The company’s…

23 Jan: Smithfield-Kinston Announces Expansion

Kinston, NC – Smithfield Foods, Inc. first established in 1978 was located at 2602 W. Vernon Ave. as Smithfield Packing Company Inc. In 2006, Smithfield opened a new state-of-the-art facility located at 1780 Smithfield Way, Kinston, NC. Smithfield closed their W. Vernon Ave. facility in 2008, transferring 476 employees to the US 70 West Industrial Park site under the company name of Smithfield Foods, Inc. In 2011, Smithfield Foods, Inc. expanded the existing food processing facility in the Highway 70 West Industrial Park. The expansion represents a total non-depreciated investment of at least $85,500,000 in real property and personal property,…

29 Aug: Associated Materials, Inc to Expand in Lenoir County

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Associated Materials, Inc. (AMI) will be expanding its manufacturing operation in Lenoir County. The company plans to create 252 new jobs and invest more than $5 million over the next five years in Kinston. “Creating new manufacturing jobs across North Carolina has been a priority of my administration’s economic plan. We remain focused on expanding partnerships with existing North Carolina businesses like Associated Materials,” said Governor McCrory. “Kinston and Associated Materials will both benefit greatly from this major expansion.” Associated Materials Inc. is the parent…

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23 Jul: Strata Solar to Produce Alternative Energy in Lenoir County

There’s a new form of energy in town. Lenoir County had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday for two farms that are expected to provide a great source of revenue and energy. Strata Solar Farms showed off its two farms as Lenoir County Commissioner Eric Rouse cut the ceremonial ribbon at Lenoir 1 on Wheat Swamp Road, the land Rouse’s family owned before leasing it to Strata. The second farm can be found on Odham Road. “This farm is an investment that stands on its own,” Rouse said. “There isn’t a need for water, sewage or electricity, and it provides…

16 Jul: Pactiv to Expand Food Packaging Manufacturing Facility in Lenoir County

Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Pactiv, LLC will expand manufacturing facilities in Lenoir and Iredell counties.  The company plans to create 77 jobs in the two counties and invest more than $9 million in Kinston and Mooresville. “Manufacturers like Pactiv recognize that our state’s workforce is second to none,” said Governor McCrory. “We must continue to support education and job training programs that will help companies produce more goods with the ‘Made in North Carolina’ logo.” Headquartered in Illinois, Pactiv is a leader in the foodservice and food packaging…