Greenheck Group, an international manufacturer of commercial and industrial ventilation equipment, has selected Cleveland County for a major expansion of their presence in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Greenheck will create more than 400 jobs and invest $58.8 million in Shelby.
"Leading manufacturers with first-hand experience of what it’s like to do business in North Carolina time and again choose to expand in our state,” Gov. Cooper said. “Industrial companies know our state has a healthy market, a skilled workforce and communities ready to grow with them.”
Greenheck Group will expand within the Foothills Commerce Center. The modern manufacturing company is creating a campus in Shelby and will offer state-of-the-art amenities for all employees.
“Greenheck has a long-standing corporate value of being the easiest to do business with.” said Dave Kallstrom, Greenheck President. “The close proximity to our customers and ready access to a smart, talented workforce made the decision to expand our footprint in Shelby an effortless one. With the addition of a campus we will be able to offer team members a variety of career opportunities and amenities.”
“North Carolina’s long and positive track record in workforce development and training provides companies the confidence they need to locate important business units in our state,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “We welcome Greenheck’s expansion and look forward to this next phase of the company’s growth in Cleveland County.”
The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC) led the state’s support for the company’s decision.
Greenheck’s expansion will create new opportunities for production personnel, welders, and a variety of other support and professional workers. Greenheck provides stability to the county by providing strong, steady careers with higher than average pay for the area. The 403 new positions associated with the project will provide an annual payroll impact of more than $16.2 million to the local economy.
Greenheck Group’s expansion in Cleveland County will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Over the course of the 12-year term of this grant, the project will grow the state’s economy by an estimated $768 million. Using a formula that takes into account the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $3,278,000, spread over 12 years. State payments only occur following performance verification by the departments of Commerce and Revenue that the company has met its incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIG projects result in positive net tax revenue to the state treasury, even after taking into consideration the grant’s reimbursement payments to a given company.
“Many people and organizations at both the state and local level have worked hard to create the business environment where companies can thrive in our state,” said North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore. “Greenheck’s new growth will provide many economic benefits for our region.”
“Greenheck has long been a strong and supportive corporate citizen in our community,” said N.C. Senator W. Ted Alexander. “As an employer of choice in our region, I’m pleased to see the company will now bring even more opportunity to our workers.”
Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Cleveland County, the City of Shelby, and the Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership.
About Greenheck Group
The Greenheck Group has grown to become the leading manufacturer of air movement, control and conditioning equipment, providing solutions across a range of applications and industries. Greenheck Group brands include: Greenheck, Airolite (louvers), Accurex (commercial kitchen ventilation systems), Unison Comfort Technologies, Innovent, Precision Coils, and Valent. Headquartered in Schofield, Wisconsin, the Greenheck Group employs more than 400 in North Carolina and 4,000 worldwide.