New industry announcements made at the end of last year will produce more than 900 jobs in the Twin Counties.
Chinese tire manufacturer Triangle Tire will create 800 jobs and invest nearly $580 million in building its first manufacturing facility outside of China at the Kingsboro megasite in Edgecombe County. The average salary of the new jobs will be $56,450, almost double the county’s average of $32,642.
The importance of having a trained workforce is paramount as Triangle Tire will break ground soon and hopes to have the first phase operational in 2019. The local community colleges are considered economic catalysts that train the local workforce.
Edgecombe Community College President Deborah Lamm, who will be retiring in May, said ECC currently has different advanced manufacturing programs such as manufacturing technology, industrial system technology, electrical system technology, facility maintenance, welding and supply chain management that anyone looking to be an employee of Triangle Tire could benefit from. (Read more)
The largest manufacturing investment in rural North Carolina coming to the Twin Counties is likely to be even larger than anticipated and will break ground soon, according to local economic development officials.
Norris Tolson, CEO and president of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership, was the guest speaker at the first 2018 Rocky Mount Area Chamber legislative forum series sponsored by Pfizer of Rocky Mount on Friday at the Holiday Inn. Chinese tire manufacturer Triangle Tire plans to build its first manufacturing facilities outside of China in Edgecombe County.
The project was announced as a $582 million investment with the creation of 800 jobs coming to the 1,449-acre Kingsboro megasite in Edgecombe County. However, Tolson said, the full build-out of the project will now be a little more than $1 billion and create between 1,100 and 1,200 jobs. (Read more)
The Watch Dog response: Been a long time coming.
The recent milestone announcement of Chinese tire manufacturer Triangle Tire Co. bringing 800 jobs and nearly $580 million in investment to the Kingsboro megasite was the accomplishment of years of development and recruitment efforts by local officials and economic developers to finally land a major firm at the 1,449-acre site that was created to lure a large manufacturer to Edgecombe County.
“It’s great to believe in something for so long and be committed to it,” Edgecombe County Manager Eric Evans said. “I’m very happy for our (Edgecombe County) board of commissioners and a number of them have been on the board for a long time. This was a 20-or-more year process that started from someone having an idea of saying here is some land right here that’s well drained by the U.S. 64 bypass and has great access.” (Rocky Mount Telegram)
The Watch Dog response: This is fa bu lous ta stic! This reminds me of when I began my job at Honeywell Aerospace formerly Bendix in Rocky Mount 30 years ago I attended training at the training center across from Cummins Diesel formerly Consolidated Diesel Corporation in Whitakers.
As part of the agreement with Chinese manufacturer Triangle Tire Co. coming to the 1,449-acre Kingsboro megasite, Edgecombe County will be building a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing training center at Kingsboro for the purpose of helping provide a strong workforce for the company.
The Golden LEAF Foundation’s board of directors recently announced it has given a $10 million grant to construct and equip the training center that will be owned and operated by Edgecombe Community College. ECC President Dr. Deborah Lamm said the college looks forward to being the education and training partner for Triangle Tire Co.
“The new advanced manufacturing center will enable college personnel to provide innovative pre-employment training for prospective employees and cutting-edge retooling and training for current employees to guarantee they meet the skill sets required by Triangle Tire,” Lamm said. “This modern, state-of-the-art facility will ensure the long-term success of Triangle Tire and its workforce.” (Rocky Mount Telegram)