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Auto Parts Manufacturer To Add Over 220 Jobs In Catawba County

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Maiden, NC - Less than a week after the area landed on a list of America’s most miserable cities, Catawba County scored a big economic win on Tuesday. GKN Driveline, a major automobile parts manufacturing company, announced it would add at least 228 jobs to its Maiden plant over the next four years. The company currently employs 729 people at the site.

Governor Pat McCrory was on hand for the announcement and took a tour of the plant, which is expected to add those jobs by 2018. McCrory also announced the GKN's plans to invest $114 million into the site over the same period.  

“Automotive manufacturing companies like GKN know that North Carolina is a strong fit for their company,” Governor McCrory said. “The additional skilled manufacturing jobs that they’ll create will strengthen the economy of Catawba County and add to our state’s already strong base of automotive parts manufacturers.”

This announcement comes on the heels of a Gallup-Healthways Poll that led Yahoo.com to name the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton areas the fifth "most miserable city in the country." Scott Millar, President of the Catawba Economic Development Corporation, hopes that this development will be part of a changing narrative for the community.

“We want as much money can to be spent locally, because that just builds that ripple effect into the economy.”

Gov. McCrory also echoed that sentiment.

“I’m convinced that if our economy continues to have the Carolina Comeback, it’s going to be because of those companies that make things, build things and design things," he said.
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