70 Jobs Coming To Forest City
A California manufacturer announces plans to open an east coast facility in Rutherford County.
Team Air plans to invest more than $4 million and create 70 jobs over the next three years in Forest City. It plans to upfit and operate out of an existing building at the intersection of Highways 74 and US 221. The company makes hvac products to commercial and industrial customers.
The county says Team Air plans to move quickly to begin hiring.
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The following is a statement from the company:
"Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Team Air, Incorporated will locate a new manufacturing facility in Rutherford County. The company plans to create 70 jobs and invest more than $4.2 million over the next three years in Forest City.
"Our aggressive efforts to promote economic growth and foster job creation are delivering results for North Carolina," said Governor McCrory. "Team Air, Inc. is an innovative company that is committing to our state and people with new jobs and a multi-million investment."
Team Air, Inc., based in Fontana, CA, provides custom HVAC products to large commercial and industrial customers throughout North America for military projects, offshore drilling platforms, schools, hospitals, manufacturing facilities and large office buildings. They also provide custom products for other manufacturers of HVAC equipment. This expansion to North Carolina will allow Team Air to provide competitively priced products with shorter lead times and reduced freight to customers in the Midwest and East Coast.
"Creating good-paying, private sector jobs that are sustainable over the long term is the number one priority for Governor McCrory and me," said Secretary Decker. "Team Air's decision to choose North Carolina is just the latest indication that the Carolina comeback is gaining momentum."
Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $39,503 plus benefits. The Rutherford County average annual wage is $31,347.
"We analyzed over 40 locations across three states and it became clear: our choice location was North Carolina," said T. Nathan, Team Air, Inc. president. "We found a building most suitable for our manufacturing needs in Rutherford County and Isothermal Community College is supportive of our workforce needs. North Carolina was ready for business as the State Department of Commerce and Rutherford County outlined the economic opportunities available to Team Air. We look forward to a long relationship with the community."
The project was made possible, in part, by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $50,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.
"Adding jobs and increasing employment in North Carolina is my top priority," said Senator Ralph Hise. "Manufacturing is a key industry in our part of the state, and we welcome Team Air, Incorporated to Rutherford County."
"Governor McCrory, Secretary Decker and I are working every day to ensure that we're recruiting new jobs to North Carolina; this is my promise to my constituents" said Representative Mike Hager. "Rutherford County's highly skilled workforce will be great for the future of Team Air, Inc."
Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Isothermal Community College, Rutherford County, and the Rutherford County Economic Development Commission.
Rutherford County Commission Chairman Bill Eckler said, "We are so excited that Team Air, Inc. has selected Rutherford County for their east coast manufacturing operation. We want to thank Team Air, Inc. for their investment in Rutherford County and their confidence in our citizens whom they will employ."