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.
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.