Hundreds Of New Jobs Expected In North Carolina

Governor Beverly Perdue's office released news this week of hundreds of new jobs coming to North Carolina.

It's expected Electrolux will create a minimum of 738 jobs over the next five years and invest $8.3 million in a new North American headquarters in Charlotte.

“Electrolux looked across America to choose a location for a North American headquarters and they chose Charlotte, North Carolina,” said Gov. Perdue. “Once again this state’s tremendous workforce and top business climate attracted a globally competitive company.”

According to a press release: "Electrolux is a global leader in home and professional appliances whose products include refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers, vacuum cleaners, dishwashers and cooking products sold primarily under the Electrolux, Frigidaire and Eureka brands in North America."

Electrolux currently employs around 650 people in North Carolina, the majority at a dishwasher manufacturing plant in Kinston.

The Governor's office also announced international risk management consultant IEM will move its headquarters from Baton Rouge, La., to Durham County, creating 430 jobs over the next six years.

“As a technology hub with a vast military presence, the relocation of IEM to North Carolina is a perfect fit that will benefit both the company and the state,” Perdue said. “This partnership is another step in creating the top-paying, knowledge-based jobs that I am committed to bringing to North Carolina.”

According to a press release: "IEM is a privately held company that provides risk-based solutions for measuring and managing threats to people, infrastructure and information. Since IEM’s founding in 1985, it has provided emergency management, homeland security, military and information technology solutions to federal governmental agencies including the U.S. Department of Defense, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Health and Human Services and as well as working with cities, ports and the private sector."

The 430 new jobs will pay an overall average wage of $62,778 a year, not including benefits. That is higher than the Durham County annual average of $57,772.

The Governor's office also announced Thermo Fisher Scientific, a world leader in laboratory equipment and services, will expand its operations in Buncombe County.

The company will create 104 jobs and invest nearly $5 million during the next three years at its site in Asheville.

Also coming to North Carolina? Talon Systems Inc., an international manufacturer of household storage cabinets and furniture, will hire 90 workers over the next three years and invest $5.9 million to open its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Statesville.

Talon Systems is a 50-year-old, privately owned Canadian manufacturer of ready-to-assemble furniture and organizational units.

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All the above mentioned jobs are being brought to North Carolina utilizing various grants and incentives, according to the Governor's office.

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