Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced Tuesday that GKN Driveline will expand its Catawba County manufacturing facility.
Officials say the expansion will create at least 228 new jobs in North Carolina by the end of 2018.
"Automotive manufacturing companies like GKN know that North Carolina is a strong fit for their company," said Governor McCrory. "The additional skilled manufacturing jobs that they'll create will strengthen the economy of Catawba County and add to our state's already strong base of automotive parts manufacturers."
GKN Driveline is a supplier of automotive driveline components and systems. They serve vehicle manufacturers including BMW, Chrysler, GM and Ford.
"We are committed to creating new jobs in North Carolina with an emphasis on working with existing businesses to help them grow," said Secretary Decker. "We applaud the GKN Driveline team for their commitment to re-invest in North Carolina and expand their presence with us."
GKN Driveline officials say they are expanding the Catawba County facility by increasing the manufacturing floor space. The expansion project includes material flow improvements and the addition of new equipment.
The company currently employs 729 people in its Catawba County facility.
"This investment in our North Carolina operations will allow us to better supply the global automotive industry with world-leading driveline systems and further strengthen our customer base," said Robert Willig, President, GKN Driveline Americas. "We're proud to bring more jobs to the state and we thank Governor McCrory and the State of North Carolina for their assistance in this expansion."
Officials say the new positions' pay will vary by job function, but the average annual salary will be $39,986, plus benefits.
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