Corning to build distribution center in Edgecombe County
BY COREY DAVIS
Rocky Mount Telegram
Thursday, December 14, 2017
TARBORO — A world leading innovator in material science is investing more than $80 million to build a warehouse facility in Edgecombe County that will create more than 100 new jobs.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that New-York based manufacturer Corning, Inc. will invest $86 million in Edgecombe County to build a global distribution center. Norris Tolson, CEO and president of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership, said the company will create 149 new jobs in Edgecombe County.
Overall, Corning will create a total of 428 jobs and $275 million in investment over three years in North Carolina.
Corning is planning to invest $189 million for its manufacturing operations facility in Durham that will create more than 300 new jobs in Durham County. Company officials said the jobs will provide future support for the company’s new pharmaceutical glass packaging product, Valor Glass, and potential growth from other Corning businesses in North Carolina and elsewhere.
“Corning knows firsthand that our state’s talented workforce and ideal location provide clear advantages for a growing company,” Cooper said. “This decision to bring new jobs to both Eastern North Carolina and the Triangle demonstrates confidence in workers in both the rural and urban parts of our state to produce and distribute this groundbreaking new product.”
Corning has brought health products to the pharmaceutical market for more than 100 years, leveraging its core technologies in glass science and optical physics and its expertise in surfaces, biochemistry and biology.
“We are excited to expand our operations in North Carolina. In Edgecombe County, we plan to build a state-of-the-art warehouse facility that will serve our Corning businesses,” said Eric S. Musser, Executive Vice President, Corning Technologies and International. “We also plan to expand an existing Corning facility because the talented local workforce possesses a high level of commitment and professionalism. We would like to thank Governor Cooper and Secretary Copeland and all local leaders for their partnership and investment to support businesses in the state. They are building a bright future for the region.”
The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. led the state’s support for the company’s expansion.
“Successful economic development strategies for the state’s rural areas must involve creative approaches like we’re seeing with today’s decision from Corning,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “By including Edgecombe County in the project’s scope, the company confirms the state-wide strength North Carolina offers the life science industry.”
Corning will add a variety of job functions at each location. Although salaries will vary by position and location, the average wage at the proposed facility in Durham County will be $65,999 and $33,771 in Edgecombe County, in line with average wages in each location.
Corning’s projects in Durham and Edgecombe counties will be facilitated, in part, by two Job Development Investment Grants approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee on Wednesday. Over the course of the 12-year terms of each grant, the project will add an estimated $1.157 billion to North Carolina’s economy.
Cooper said Edgecombe County could receive even bigger economic development news early next week, but wouldn’t disclose what is coming to the area. The reports are that a major company could be bringing more than $500 million in investment and as many as 800 jobs to the Kingsboro Megasite.
Tolson said the new Corning facility would be located adjacent to Kingsboro.