Sigma Plastics Group will restore the former Excelsior Rosman plant in Brevard, North Carolina
, and create 80 new jobs under the newly formed New Excelsior Incorporated. In addition to the new jobs, the company plans to expand manufacturing operations and invest $5.5 million over the next three years in Transylvania County.
New Excelsior is part of the larger Sigma Plastics Group which is a Certified Minority-Owned Business and the largest privately held manufacturer of extruded polyethylene films and bags in North America. Alfred Teo founded the company in 1977 in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Today, the company employs 4,750 people in 43 locations across the United States and Canada. In 2013, annual sales reached over $2 billion.
New Excelsior plans significant investments in new equipment. The company purchased high-end printing tools including gravure and flexographic presses. In addition to the 80 new jobs, New Excelsior has already hired approximately 50 former plant employees.
"We would like to thank the State of North Carolina and Transylvania County for entrusting Sigma Plastics Group with developing additional home grown jobs in the NC region. We look forward to a great relationship with the State and the community to continue to develop and maintain jobs in the United States," said Andrew Teo, CFO of Sigma.
“We applaud Sigma Plastics Group for revitalizing this facility in Brevard and recognizing the talented workforce
in Transylvania County,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “New Excelsior’s project marks a significant step forward in our manufacturing comeback, increasing a local company’s footprint to create even more permanent jobs for this region.”
“The New Excelsior project demonstrates how investments in critical infrastructure can spur job creation,” said Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker. “This will promote Transylvania County as well as Western North Carolina as a hub for manufacturing
and attract more businesses from around the world.”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund
of up to $80,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.
Partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Transylvania County Planning & Economic Development, Transylvania County.