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.

For more information about Talon Systems, including job opportunities, email inquiries to northcarolina@talonrta.com.

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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  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 21, 2009 at 06:04 AM
    Beverly shouldn't be getting any glory here. Electrolux made their decision because NC has better opportunities for large corporations to make better profits. Land is cheaper, wages are lower etc. etc.. Just Dem's trying to make Obamination look better.
  • by ref the east on Dec 20, 2009 at 08:48 PM
    The truth is we don't have an educated work force in eastern N.C. nor do we have many that want to work. Why work when you can collect a check?
  • by ec native Location: enc on Dec 20, 2009 at 08:09 PM
    Hey Bev. (if you even care enough to read this) Where are the jobs for eastern NC? Aren't you from enc? What happened to the promises of the Global TransPark? Please help create those same kind of good paying/salaried job here. Our community colleges are training us, but there are no jobs for us.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Dec 20, 2009 at 05:22 PM
    As others have said, this is great news for the western part of the state, but nothing new for the East. As for the political mess, I don't think any of our politicians had anything (or much) to do with it. Any company can put a plant just about anywhere in America and have workers lined up around the block willing to work for minimum wage because it beats unemployment. The fact that they came to this state is nice, I suppose, but it doesn't help anybody I know. I want to hear about jobs coming to Washington and Greenville. And to Vance, though you weren't talking to me, as I do have a job, I am thankful for it every day.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 20, 2009 at 04:59 PM
    Hey Lavon, I here your president has been on a "climate warming" stint to one of those cold nations and has to return to obamacity with 12" of warming climate on his lawn. Lavon kiss your pictures of obama goodnight, say your prayers to obama, drink your obama kool aid, and say your obama goodnight. Oh. I almost forgot, keep your job and pay those obama taxes, he loves you for that.
  • by Citizens Location: Kinston on Dec 20, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    This should make many illegal Mexicans happy!
  • by William on Dec 20, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    This might be creating jobs in NC but, these jobs are coming because they are closing companies in other states. I guess this is what Obama calls "we have created or saved x amount of jobs." This like taking money from your right pocket and putting it in your left pocket, you have done nothing for the overall unemployment in the U.S.
  • by Vance on Dec 20, 2009 at 02:52 PM
    BEACHBUM3 can you please be more spacific about not having any human rights or constitutional rights.Can you name some wrongs?Just curious.I have worked with a company that look at you like your crazy if you stop to use the bathroom,14 plus hour days not stopping for anything including lunch.And this could go on on any giving construction job for a few months to two years depending on the job.If you ask any State Inspector that was over seeing some of the contractors that were doing alot of the work on eastern NC highways they would tell you the men stop for nothing.I can relate if you can give me a reason other than just saying you have know rights.Be thankful you have a job.GRIN AND BARE IT.YOU MIGHT BE LAID OFF NEXT.
  • by beachbum3 on Dec 20, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    I really feel that the people of this state are gettin gthroughly fed up with all of these incentive giveaways of taxpayers funding an then not reaping anything of real value back inreturn for it thank you
  • by BEACHBUM3 on Dec 20, 2009 at 12:49 PM
    PETE" I AM IN 1000%PERCENT AGREEMENT WITH YOUR POSTING ON HERE AS A FORMER STATE EMPLOYEE. STATE EMPLOYEES NO LONGER EVEN HAVE ANY HUMAN RIGHTS NOT TO MENTION THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS ARE NON-EXISTIENCE IN THE WORKPLACE. IT STARTED DURING THE LAST ADMINSTRATION UNDER THE BUSH ADMINSTRATION AN NONE OF THE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENTS AGENCYS WILL EVEN ENFORCE THE LAWS OF THE STATE NOR THE NATION THANK YOU
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