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Expansion Plan To Bring Jobs

Job opportunities are coming to Jackson County as a mountain manufacturer expands.

Conmet is taking over the old Tuckasegee Mills facility in Sylva. The company makes parts for commercial vehicles like tractor trailers. Conmet already has plants in Swain and Haywood counties.

It will use the Sylva location primarily for warehouse operations and some product assembly. The company hopes to hire 25 workers in the next year mainly positions of shipping, receiving, warehouse operations.

"If the 25 positions come to fruition, and they're held over the length of the 3 year agreement, you're talking several millions of dollars just in salaries and wages," says Jackson County Director of Economic Development Rich Price.

April Moore applied for one of those jobs.  "I put one in about I think it was Tuesday." Moore just moved back to her parent's house down the road from the plant. "Yeah, so I'm just hoping I get one, I get a job because when one door closes, another one opens."

County leaders say Conmet's presence fits in with their strategy to attract, not smokestack industry, but smaller, and technology operations, and putting local people to work. "And also attracts new residents, new visitors," adds Price.

County leaders hope to talk with Conmet after the 3 year agreement about expanding some of its production.

By: Rex Hodge
Follow Rex on Twitter @RexHodgeWLOS

 



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