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Areva moving North American headquarters to Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

NC Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday that Areva, the nation's largest technical resource company for nuclear energy, is moving its North American headquarters to Charlotte.

The French company, with its North American headquarters currently based in Bethesda, Maryland outside Washington, DC, plans to move or create 130 new jobs to the Queen City by 2016.

Areva already employs nearly 200 people in Charlotte and will employ 562 employees after the move. The company employs 48,000 people globally.

The new jobs will pay an average annual salary of $130,000 plus benefits, McCrory said in his announcement at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

The company said they were coming to Charlotte to lure more engineers and because companies like Duke Energy and Siemens were already here.

Areva opened its offices in Charlotte in 2002 and has grown into the largest engineering firm in the city with more than 300 licensed professional engineers, providing planning, design and construction resources for the commercial nuclear power industry in the U.S. and internationally, according to the company.

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