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Governor Cooper announces 800 job tire factory headed to Edgecombe County

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Published: Dec. 19, 2017 at 4:03 AM EST
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Governor Roy Cooper has announced that a Chinese tire manufacturing company will be bringing a large plant to Eastern Carolina.

Triangle Tyre (Triangle) will be bringing the plant to Kingsboro in Edgecombe County and is expected to create 800 jobs as well as invest $580 million in the local economy.

Cooper says that the project is estimated to contribute more than $2.4 billion to the state's economy.

“Triangle Tyre chose North Carolina for its first-ever manufacturing center outside of China because they know our workers share their commitment to innovation, education and excellence,” Gov. Cooper said. “I’m excited to see these 800 skilled manufacturing jobs go to Eastern North Carolina where I grew up and raised my family, a place where people have an unshakeable dedication to getting the job done. We welcome Triangle Tyre to its new home, and we’re ready to get to work.”

Cooper made the announcement today at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro.

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A Chinese tire maker is moving more aggressively into the U.S. market with plans for a North Carolina factory that is to ultimately employ 800 people and produce six million tires a year.

A state committee on Tuesday approved tax breaks to coax Triangle Tyre to rural Edgecombe County, about 65 miles east of Raleigh. It's to be the first U.S. plant for Weihai, China-based maker of tires for passenger vehicles, trucks, buses and heavy equipment.

Triangle Tyre could receive up to $152 million in state and local tax breaks, worker training and other incentives if it meets hiring targets.

The Triangle factory marks at least the third Chinese tire maker to build production plants in the U.S., with other companies choosing sites in South Carolina and Georgia.

Governor Roy Cooper is expected to announce the deal this afternoon at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro.

Associated Press writer Joe McDonald contributed to this report from Bejing.

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Governor Roy Cooper is headed east once again this week.

Last Wednesday, the governor visited Edgecombe Community College to announce that Corning, Inc. will bring more than 400 jobs to the area with a new warehouse facility. The company also plans to expand manufacturing in Durham.

The governor will make another trip to the college Tuesday afternoon to make another economic development announcement.

We will bring you the latest coverage on his announcement both on air and online.

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