Statesville manufacturer breaks ground on $38 million facility
Source: Weaver, Jonathan. “Statesville manufacturer breaks ground on $38 million facility” Statesville Record & Landmark. November 12, 2016.
Officials with AmesburyTruth broke ground this week on a facility that will combine the company’s two Statesville locations into a consolidated “center of excellence,” according to reports.
The combining of the two operations into the single 242,074-square-foot facility will initially add about 20 new jobs, company officials said. The company will invest $38 million in the project and receive tax incentives totaling $1.63 million provided jointly by the Iredell County Board of Commissioners and the Statesville City Council.
AmesburyTruth is a subsidiary of Tyman PLC, which is headquartered in London, England. The company makes door and window products, and currently operates two locations in Statesville.
The Statesville West location is on Walker Road off Highway 90. That facility has been in operation since 1990 and produces weather sealing for windows. The east site is located on Sherrill Drive off Highway 70 and produces window hardware.
Currently, 155 people are employed between the two operations. AmesburyTruth looks to grow to 175 when it consolidates at the new facility, with plans to reach 250 employees over the next five years, according to Dana Cockrell, sales and marketing coordinator.
Officials look for the new facility to be up and running by August 2017.
“Any time you have a company looking to consolidate, there’s always a risk of losing them,” said Russ Rogerson, head of Iredell economic development efforts. “That they chose to stay here speaks volumes about the community and the workforce.
“It was a huge retention for us.”
Chief Operating Officer James Larson said the company made investment in the new facility due to its belief in a rebounding construction industry.
The combined facility will be located on 27 acres of a 180-acre industrial park on Fanjoy Road east of Statesville, Rogerson said.
The move will also leave buildings in industrial areas that could be attractive to companies looking to relocate, Rogerson said.
Larson praised the workforce at the Statesville locations, saying they keep a diligent focus on customer needs.
The groundbreaking comes on the heels of a permanent layoff announcement AmesburyTruth filed with the N.C. Department of Commerce in September. The notice said that the layoffs would affect 64 production workers in Statesville, with an effective date of Dec. 16.
AmesburyTruth boasts overall sales of about $380 million, and operates in six states, Canada and Mexico. The Statesville facilities make up about 10 percent of its overall workforce, Cockrell said.
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