PCB Piezotronics of North Carolina, Inc., a designer, manufacturer, and global supplier of accelerometers, microphones, force, torque, load, strain, and pressure sensors, will consolidate production operations currently located in China and California to its facility in Halifax County and create 120 new jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.

“Rural North Carolina is a great fit for companies to build out their operations,” said Governor Cooper. “Our workers understand modern manufacturing, and along with their communities, they are ready to grow with companies like PCB Piezotronics in Halifax County.”

Assistant Secretary of Commerce Kenny Flowers headlined a celebration today with community and business leaders, elected officials, and PCB employees at the PCB Piezotronics production facility in Halifax County. 

“One of the best business decisions that I have ever made was the decision to begin operations in Halifax, North Carolina in 2004 when we had to decide between expanding in our original home of New York State or expanding elsewhere” said David T. Hore, President of PCB Piezotronics. “I have great confidence that our current Halifax workforce of 215 hardworking and dedicated employees will lead this integration in the same exceptional manner as they perform, day in and day out for PCB.”

PCB’s project in North Carolina 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 10-year term of this grant, the project is estimated to grow the state’s economy by nearly $151 million.

Vernon J. Bryant, Chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners commented, Halifax County is committed to supporting the growth of established, successful businesses like PCB. The company's expansion will spur new economic opportunities and create 120 good jobs for our citizens."

PCB Piezotronics, a wholly owned subsidiary of MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC), designs and builds test and measurement and industrial sensors that measure vibration, shock, pressure and other dynamic forces. PCB recently acquired the Endevco division of Meggitt PLC, which designs and manufactures similar products to those that PCB makes. Endevco currently produces these products in Xaimen, China and Irvine, California. The company’s new project expands its current facility in Halifax County in order to bring these production lines to North Carolina.

“It’s great to see North Carolina and Halifax County successfully compete with world-class manufacturing sites in places like China,” said N.C. Senator Milton Fitch. “We welcome these new jobs to our region.”

“PCB Piezotronics is a valued employer in our community,” said N.C. Representative Michael Wray. “I’m pleased to see the company expand and everyone in Halifax County stands ready to help them grow and succeed here.”

The North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC), the North Carolina Community College System, and the Halifax County Economic Development Commission worked collaboratively to support the company’s location in North Carolina and Halifax County.

Wages will vary depending on position and the average salary for all the new positions will reach $33,760. PCB also provides world-class benefits, including 100% company paid premiums for health insurance. Halifax County’s average wage is $32,216.

PCB Piezotronics, Inc. was founded in 1967 and acquired by MTS Systems in 2016 as a wholly owned subsidiary. PCB and its parent company, MTS, currently employ 419 people in the state, with 215 of those positions located in its current PCB of North Carolina facility in Halifax. PCB’s products are used by design engineers and predictive maintenance professionals worldwide.  

Friday, 19 July 2019 16:18

HCEDC Hosts RAMP EAST Kickoff Luncheon

An unprecedented multi-county employee training and marketing initiative was launched this week in Halifax County to develop a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the needs of business and industry. The Regional Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline for Eastern North Carolina (RAMP East) assembles community colleges, economic development organizations, and workforce development professionals in a 10-county area with an overarching mission to supply a sustainable output of trained and job-ready candidates within the advanced manufacturing sector.

The Halifax County Economic Development Commission (HCEDC) hosted a luncheon on July 17 to introduce RAMP East and the collaborative approach underway to recruit and prepare students for successful careers in manufacturing. A major component of the initiative is the Advanced Manufacturing Academy beginning in August at Halifax Community College. The Academy will follow the curriculum developed for the 10-county region to teach the skills needed to supply ready-to-work employees with advanced skills that area companies need both today and in the future. 

Representatives from Reser's Fine Foods, New Dixie Oil, Lowe's Regional Distribution Center, Airboss Rubber Compounding, Weldon Steel, WestRock, Southern Corrosion, Meherrin River Forest Products, AEL Span, and Klausner Lumber attended the luncheon. 

For additional information regarding RAMP EAST, contact the Halifax County Economic Development Commission at 252-519-2630. 

 

At their June meeting, the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority approved funding for two economic development projects in Halifax County:

  • A $750,000 grant to Halifax County to support major renovations to an existing industrial building in the Becker Industrial Park near Weldon to support JBB Packaging LLC, a plastic packaging manufacturer. JBB Packaging will create 50 jobs at the facility, while investing $11.9 million in the project.  The funding will come from CDBG-Building Reuse Grant Program administered by the NC Department of Commerce, Rural Economic Development

  • An $80,000 grant to the Town of Scotland Neck to support the renovation of a 217,800 square foot building occupied by Our Community Hospital/Bryan Health & Rehabilitation Center. This 80-bed skilled nursing facility provides 24-hour nursing care.  The company will create 8 jobs and attract $302,150 in private investment  

The Building Reuse Grant Program provides grants to local governments to renovate vacant buildings, renovate and/or expand buildings occupied by existing North Carolina companies, and renovate, expand or construct health care facilities that will lead to the creation of new jobs in Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties and in rural Census tracts of Tier 3 counties. 

For more information about these programs, contact:  Cathy A. Scott via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

For the third year in a row, Site Selection Magazine has ranked the Roanoke Rapids Micropolitan Area as one of the Top 100 Micropolitans in the United States. The Roanoke Rapids Micropolitan Area, encompassing Halifax and Northampton Counties, received a ranking of #41 based on the number of new or expanding economic development projects in 2018. 

"This national ranking shows that Halifax County continues to be a competitive location for businesses to locate and grow," commented Vernon J. Bryant, Chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners. “We are extremely proud to be recognized by Site Selection as a top location for the third year in a row." 

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