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Press release from ThriveNC:

RALEIGH —  Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced on Thursday that Team Air Inc. will locate a new manufacturing facility in Rutherford County.

The company plans to create 70 jobs and invest more than $4.2 million over the next three years in Forest City.

“Our aggressive efforts to promote economic growth and foster job creation are delivering results for North Carolina,” said McCrory. “Team Air, Inc. is an innovative company that is committing to our state and people with new jobs and a multi-million investment.”

Team Air Inc., based in Fontana, Calif., provides custom HVAC products to large commercial and industrial customers throughout North America for military projects, offshore drilling platforms, schools, hospitals, manufacturing facilities and large office buildings. It also provides custom products for other manufacturers of HVAC equipment. This expansion to North Carolina will allow Team Air to provide competitively priced products with shorter lead times and reduced freight to customers in the Midwest and East Coast.

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“Creating good-paying, private sector jobs that are sustainable over the long term is the number one priority for Governor McCrory and me,” said Decker. “Team Air’s decision to choose North Carolina is just the latest indication that the Carolina comeback is gaining momentum.”

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $39,503 plus benefits. The Rutherford County average annual wage is $31,347.

“We analyzed over 40 locations across three states and it became clear: Our choice location was North Carolina,” said T. Nathan, Team Air Inc. president. “We found a building most suitable for our manufacturing needs in Rutherford County and Isothermal Community College is supportive of our workforce needs. North Carolina was ready for business as the state Department of Commerce and Rutherford County outlined the economic opportunities available to Team Air. We look forward to a long relationship with the community.”

The project was made possible, in part, by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $50,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.

“Adding jobs and increasing employment in North Carolina is my top priority,” said state Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Spruce Pine). “Manufacturing is a key industry in our part of the state, and we welcome Team Air Inc. to Rutherford County.”

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“Governor McCrory, Secretary Decker and I are working every day to ensure that we’re recruiting new jobs to North Carolina; this is my promise to my constituents” said state Rep. Mike Hager (R-Rutherfordton). “Rutherford County’s highly skilled workforce will be great for the future of Team Air Inc.”

Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Isothermal Community College, Rutherford County and the Rutherford County Economic Development Commission.

Rutherford County Commission Chairman Bill Eckler said: “We are so excited that Team Air Inc. has selected Rutherford County for their east coast manufacturing operation. We want to thank Team Air Inc. for their investment in Rutherford County and their confidence in our citizens whom they will employ.”

Angie Newsome

Angie Newsome is the executive director and editor of Carolina Public Press. Contact her at (828) 774-5290 or e-mail her at anewsome@carolinapublicpress.org.

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