North Carolina Economic Development Guide


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Why We���re Here the door is always open In North Carolina, business development continues beyond the ribbon cutting. N orth Carolina has plenty of resources. Some, such as its coastal beaches and mountain vistas, beckon tourists. Others attract domestic and international businesses and help them grow. Infrastructure, training initiatives and quality of life make the state a perennial top pick for site-selection magazines. Recently, representatives from four international companies met with former North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco to discuss why they chose North Carolina and how the state���s probusiness environment is helping them grow. Joining Crisco were: n Mark Treffnger, general manager of Linamar North Carolina Inc. In 2011, Guelph, Ontario-based Linamar Corp. announced it would open an $80 million plant in Asheville and hire 363 people to manufacture machined components, such as cylinder blocks and gears, for its industrial, commercial and energy customers. That initial announcement was followed a year later by one for an expansion with 250 additional jobs. n Prentis Trickett, vice president and general manager of ABB Inc.���s high-voltage cables operations in North America. ABB Inc., which manufactures power-transmission equipment and technology and is part of Zurich, Switzerlandbased ABB Ltd., announced it would build a high-voltage cable plant in Huntersville in 2010. The $90 million investment opened in September 2012 and will bring more than 100 jobs over a two-year period and add 30 engineering jobs at its North American headquarters in Cary. At the time of the announcement, it had 771 full-time employees in the state. n Gary Patton, senior manager at Spirit AeroSystems North Carolina Inc. In 2010, Wichita, Kan.-based Spirit AeroSystems Inc. opened a $570.5 million manufacturing plant at the Global TransPark in Kinston. It���s there the company designs and manufactures fuselage and wing parts for Airbus A350 Xtra Wide Body commercial aircraft. In 2011, the company added production of Gulfstream G250 wings to its North Carolina location, which is expected to create 150 to 200 jobs within fve years in addition to the 200 the company originally announced. n Mary Kuhn, president of North American manufacturing operations of Grifols Inc. Based in Barcelona, Spain, the biotechnology company develops medical treatments from blood and blood components that are distributed in more than 90 countries. It conducts research and development at its Raleigh and Research Triangle Park sites, and its primary manufacturing plant in Clayton, which it purchased in 2011, is undergoing an expansion. The third-largest manufacturer of its kind in the world, it has operated in North Carolina for 30 years. The discussion was hosted by the N.C. Department of Commerce and moderated by Business north Carolina Publisher Ben Kinney. The following transcript has been edited for brevity and clarity. North Carolina Economic Development Guide 11

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