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Company's new U.S. headquarters could mean jobs in NC

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A big announcement in Catawba County this morning will mean a few jobs now, but the prospect of a whole lot more in the coming years.

Smart Electric cut the ribbon in Conover for its new USA headquarters.

The company, which is based in Taiwan, makes energy efficient lighting systems and components.

A good deal of the company's business is right here in the United States, and officials say it just made sense to start to bring the jobs here.

"We employ 250 people in Asia, and the chairman of our company has decided he wants to give back to the United States people by establishing this operation in Conover," said Kevin Crisp, President of Smart Electric USA.

Around a dozen people could be working at the headquarters by the end of the year, with the prospect of another 100 jobs or more in the coming years.

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