Wednesday, 12 December 2018 09:35

Rubber Manufacturer Expands in Halifax County

RALEIGH, N.C. – AirBoss of America Corp. has selected Halifax County for an expansion of its current facility, adding 42 new jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company plans to invest $5.2 million in Scotland Neck with the project. 

“Including today's AirBoss announcement, Halifax County has attracted three manufacturing expansions in under a month,” Governor Cooper said. “The talent, infrastructure and focus on collaboration make Halifax County the right choice for businesses that are ready to grow and thrive.” 

“AirBoss is excited to announce this expansion,” said Chief Operation Officer Chris Bitsakakis. ”We are increasing our production capacity in response to the incredible trust our customers have shown us in the past year as they filled our existing production capacity in our Scotland Neck facility. The growth and success of our Scotland Neck plant is a testament to our dedicated employees that have worked so diligently to produce a quality product delivered on time to our customers. This expansion demonstrates our continued commitment to the region. We sincerely appreciate the support and partnership with the state, county and city and we look forward to continuing to grow in North Carolina.” 

AirBoss develops, manufactures and markets high-quality, proprietary rubber-based products to various industries, including automotive, heavy industry, construction and infrastructure, oil and gas, and defense. Headquartered in Newmarket, Ontario, AirBoss operates facilities in Canada and the United States. With this project, AirBoss will install a new mixer line with auxiliary systems to double the facility's current rubber mixing capacity. AirBoss was founded in 1989 and has been in business in Scotland Neck since 2004. 

“AirBoss’ expansion adds capacity for their business and strengthens the area’s automotive supply chain,” said Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “This is a win for Halifax County and for the growing manufacturing cluster in Halifax, Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson Counties.” 

N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. were instrumental in supporting the company’s decision to locate in the state. 

Salaries for the new position will vary. Once all positions are filled, the average salary is expected to be $32,136, above the Halifax County average salary of $31,839. 

“I am proud to welcome these new jobs that Airboss will bring to Scotland Neck” said Mayor Eddie Braxton. “Our community continues to reap the benefits of Airboss’ strategic growth and The Town is committed to be a strong partner in their continued growth and success.” 

“We are excited about the new jobs and the additional investment Airboss is making in Scotland Neck and Halifax County,” said Vernon J. Bryant, Chairman of the Halifax. “This project is a testament to the collaborative efforts of the town, county, and state to support Airboss’ continued growth and expansion.”

A performance-based grant of $125,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate AirBoss’ expansion in Halifax County. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met. 

“Halifax County has what manufacturers need to succeed – an experienced workforce and the right infrastructure,” said N.C. Senator Toby Fitch. “I am proud to welcome AirBoss’ expansion in Scotland Neck.” 

“Airboss could have easily expanded its other locations and chose to invest in Halifax County because they know this community works together to help us all succeed,” said N.C. Representative Michael Wray. In addition to North Carolina Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Halifax County, Halifax County Economic Development Commission, and the Town of Scotland Neck. 

 JBB Packaging will create 50 jobs and invest $11.9 million 

Halifax, N.C. – JBB Packaging, LLC, a plastic packaging manufacturer, will open a new plastic film manufacturing facility in Halifax County, creating 50 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company plans to invest $11.9 million at the former Flambeau Building in Weldon.

“Manufacturers continue to choose North Carolina because of our strong infrastructure and experienced manufacturing workforce,” said Governor Cooper. “JBB Packaging has found the perfect location in Halifax County, and they’ll find a workforce and community here to help them succeed.”

JBB Packaging will recycle plastics and produce flexible packaging/garment bags. The company will renovate the former Flambeau Building in Becker Industrial Park and host state-of-the art equipment producing the highest quality packaging at the most affordable cost.

“JBB Packaging chose this location at the Becker Industrial Park because it was formerly used for plastics manufacturing, it has the space they need now and for future growth, and it’s half a mile from Interstate 95,” said Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland, who made the announcement today along with Vernon Bryant, Chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners. “It’s this combination of infrastructure and industry expertise that makes Halifax County a winning choice for manufacturers.”

Salaries for the new position will vary. Once all positions are filled, the average salary is expected to be $40,400, above the Halifax County average salary of $31,839.

A performance-based grant of $150,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate JBB Packaging’s move to Halifax County. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no

money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

“We’re very pleased that JBB Packaging has selected Halifax County its new manufacturing facility,” said N.C. Senator Toby Fitch, Jr. “I welcome and look forward to working with the company’s executives to help them find success here.”

“Many local organizations and leaders worked together to help this company locate in Halifax County,” said N.C. Representative Michael H. Wray. “We’re proud of this collaboration and are ready to assist JBB Packaging as they grow in North Carolina.”

JBB Packaging is bringing quality, well-paying manufacturing jobs and a significant capital investment to Halifax County,” said Vernon Bryant, Chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners. I am proud of our community’s effort to maximize our business talent, resources, and collaborative spirit to support the location of JBB Packaging,” Bryant added.

In addition to the North Carolina Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, NC Railroad, Halifax County, Halifax Horizons, and the Halifax County Economic Development Commission.

Reser’s Fine Foods will add 79 jobs and invest $3.2 million in Halifax 

Halifax, N.C. – Reser’s Fine Foods will expand its current operations in Halifax County, creating 79 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company plans to invest $3.2 million in Halifax with the project. 

“Halifax County is a prime location for manufacturers with strategic access to rail and road transport,” said Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland who was in Halifax County today for the announcement. “That transportation and distribution infrastructure, coupled with an experienced manufacturing workforce, made it the right choice for Reser’s to stay in North Carolina.” 

Reser’s Fine Foods began in 1950 in Cornelius, Oregon producing refrigerated salads. Over the next several decades, the company expanded into several other food categories, including Mexican foods. In 2010, Reser’s expanded its West-based tortilla business by opening the Don Pancho facility in Halifax. 

“Our tortilla business continued to grow in the Eastern United States over the past 9 years, and it became clear we needed to invest to support both current and future demand in this region,” says Reser’s Fine Foods CEO Mark Reser. “The One North Carolina Fund grant, along with the continued support of N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C., made the choice to invest here in Halifax an easy one. We will expand capacity by investing in new equipment at our existing plant, and increase the site’s workforce by nearly 40% over the next five years.” 

Salaries for the new position will vary. Once all positions are filled, the average salary is expected to be $35,325, above the Halifax County average salary of $31,839. 

A performance-based grant of $250,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Reser’s expansion in Halifax County. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met. 

“Reser’s Fine Foods has been a strong partner here in Halifax County, and we are proud to continue winning their business with this expansion,” said N.C. Senator Toby Fitch, Jr. 

“Reser’s Fine Foods chose to expand in Halifax because they know we have the workforce they need to succeed,” said N.C. Representative Michael H. Wray. “I’m proud to join the community in welcoming Reser’s expansion here.” 

“Reser’s Fine Foods has a long history in Halifax County and we are thrilled to support them in the expansion of Don Pancho Authentic Mexican Food products,” said Vernon J. Bryant, Chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners. “We look forward to the positive impact this expansion will have on our community and to the residents employed by the company.” 

In addition to North Carolina Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Halifax County and the Halifax County Economic Development Commission. 

Friday, 16 November 2018 11:28

Patton Mechanical Celebrates New Site

A well-known Halifax County business marked a major milestone Wednesday.

Patton Mechanical Service officially opened its new location at 16150 NC Highway 561 in Halifax with a grand opening ceremony at the site. The company, owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Jesse and Sara Patton, specializes in heating, cooling, refrigeration, ice machines and heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) services. Its new 7,500-square-foot building sits on two acres of land and features 2,400-square-feet of space for equipment storage and 2,400-square-feet of office space.

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