Engineering development and manufacturing firm, ILC Dover, will move the manufacturing operations of its recently acquired subsidiary, Grayling Industries, from Mexico to a new plant in Sussex County, Delaware, creating 115 jobs in the area.
Gov. Jack Markell said ILC Dover’s decision to move Grayling’s manufacturing operations to Delaware is indicative of the state’s friendliness toward small businesses, especially those on the cutting edge of new technology and innovation.
The newly constructed plant near Seaford, Delaware, will allow Grayling to move its current production facility in Juarez, Mexico to the United States. The firm’s production line includes protective packaging for food, chemical, and pharmaceutical dry powder and liquid applications. Grayling also manufactures the leading brands for the asbestos abatement and remediation industry worldwide, including Avail glove bags, D-Con decontamination enclosures, and Control chemicals.
“This brings jobs back to the United States, and there’s no place we’d rather have those jobs than Delaware,” Markell said. “We want Delaware to be the place where this new synergy between ILC and Grayling takes shape and blossoms. As Delaware’s economy continues its steady path to a full recovery, it is companies like ILC Dover that will provide a strong core that we can rely on.”
ILC Dover plans to move the first line of products to Delaware in April, when it will hire 35 to 40 new positions, and complete the move of the other production lines by the end of 2013, when it plans to fill all 115 positions. The company will employ roughly 560 people once the new positions are filled.
“We continue to find the State of Delaware very cooperative in their efforts to help the industry grow and prosper. We are excited to have the opportunity to bring jobs back to the United States and the State of Delaware,” William Wallach, ILC chief executive officer said. “ILC Dover and Grayling Industries will continue to grow as we help our customers and bring innovative products to the market.”
While Grayling’s manufacturing operations are moving to Delaware, its subsidiary’s offices will remain in Alpharetta, Ga.
As part of the agreement to move Grayling’s manufacturing operations to Delaware, ILC Dover requested Strategic Fund Performance Grant in the amount of $364,500 for the creation of 115 new full-time positions in the state. The company also requested a Strategic Fund Capital Expenditures Grant in the amount of $187,860, or a 3 percent match on qualified capital expenditures up to and including $6,262,000. The funding is contingent on approval by the Council on Development Finance.
Sussex County Council President, Michael H. Vincent, said ILC Dover’s decision to bring good-paying manufacturing jobs to the area will provide a “shot in the arm” for Seaford and western Sussex County. “As many of us know, the loss of good manufacturing jobs, particularly in the Seaford area, coupled with the economic downturn in recent years, have hit some communities harder than others,” Vincent added. “This announcement helps lay the groundwork for a more diversified and robust economy in the years to come.”