MasterBrand Expanding Kinston Plant

A Kinston cabinet manufacturer will more than double its workforce. That announcement came Thursday at Lenoir Community College.

MasterBrand Cabinets will add 334 new jobs over the next three years thanks to the expansion. The plant off Highway 58 currently employs 200 people.

The average salary for the new jobs will be $25,000.

The state is helping to fund the expansion with a $200,000 One North Carolina grant.

Governor Beverly Perdue was supposed to make the announcement, but she got called to the hospital for the birth of her granddaughter.

MasterBrand, which is based in Jasper, Indiana, says it has 8,000 employees at plants and facilities in the U.S. and Canada.

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More jobs are on their way to Kinston. Governor Beverly Perdue will make the jobs announcement at 3:00 p.m. at Lenoir Community College.

The Governor's Office won't say specifically what the announcement is, but a source tells WITN that is involves between 350 and 400 new jobs.

Joining the governor at the announcement will be Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy, Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, other officials.

Stay with WITN News and for more on this developing story.

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  • by John Location: MA on Apr 29, 2010 at 11:44 AM
    Lavon, This has absolutely zero to do with the stimulus package and everything to do with Masterbrand aggressively pursuing new markets. The $200K that was provided is actually a relatively paltry sum in these types of instances, and would have been available even without the stimulus package. I do find it interesting that the number of jobs created is being lauded when 170 employees were layed off at this location last February however. In the current economy, at least they are putting people back to work. Reality: Keep government out of the way of private industry and jobs will be created.
  • by Data Man on Apr 23, 2010 at 07:45 AM
    To James, you are so full of it! Democrats are hardworking people! When this company opens see who is making the most money! republicans will have the higher paying jobs in this new company and Democrats will get whats left. Just wait and see. It never fails in Eastern NC! Obama has made it possible for this plant to open and watch the republicans profit! They always using us to get ahead!!
  • by Bobby S. Location: La Grange on Apr 23, 2010 at 07:15 AM
    Lavon, the stimulus did not have a thing to do with this. This company did not recieve any stimulus from the goverment. Most of teh stimulus has not been spent yet, did you know that? Bet not, that dufus obama is holding that money back right not to spend closer to the fall elections to make him and his party look good in November so his idiots can get re-elected. Bet you thought he was spending that money so people could get jobs didn't you? While the unemployed are out there looing work and suffering, this idiot is holding back that money to make himself look good later. If this dufus cared about jobs, that would have been and would be now, his number one priority. Yet, he is working on health care, that does not do anything for 95% of teh people for years down the road, his next goal is wall street, again, does nothing for those looking work, and then according to him and Reid, the next goal is immigration reform, again, nothing that will help those looking work. REAL DUFUS
  • by ri girl Location: Goldsboro on Apr 23, 2010 at 06:52 AM
    I was trying to make the point that the article was saying that a new industry was coming. This is a company that is already there, they have let people go before, and as with any manufacturing company, it will happen again with the up and down of the economy. I am sorry, but $25,000.00 a year is not that great, and from the way headlines and everything, you would have thought it was going to be a major company coming to lenior county. Yes, it will help the local economy. I wish all those that wish to work there, the best of luck.
  • by James Location: New Bern on Apr 23, 2010 at 01:23 AM
    yeah God forbid if this company makes a profit, the liberal dumocrats in eastern NC will be up in arms about someone getting rich. ummmmm why do they hate rich people so much, they are the job creators. I don't hate the rich, I strive to one day be there. Liberals strive to get another handout from da man Obama. He'll probably find a way to tax cabinet makers too, a wood dust penality, environmental hazard, cutting too many forests.... anything to get some of these new workers back on the government handout list.
  • by john Location: kinston on Apr 22, 2010 at 08:38 PM
    THANK YOU ( hardworker )
  • by KN guy Location: Kinston on Apr 22, 2010 at 06:28 PM
    RI Girl...334 jobs at $25K is much better than 0 jobs at $0.
  • by hardworker Location: Kinston NC on Apr 22, 2010 at 05:10 PM
    This plant expansion is the result of many months of hard work and long hours by many people. Jobs are not temporary - the workforce flexes with the economy as with any other company anywhere. The Kinston plant was chosen for this expansion based in part on the great workforce in Lenoir County. If you don't want to work, stay home. The rest of us want to work hard and bring success to our hometown.
  • by joe stroud Location: morehead city on Apr 22, 2010 at 02:21 PM
    Thank God. My old hometown needs some help.
  • by Lavon on Apr 22, 2010 at 01:58 PM
    Praise be to Obama, da man.
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