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Cooper Standard Will Create 137 Jobs With $17.9 Million Expansion in North Carolina

09/26/2011
Cooper Standard, an automotive systems and components supplier, announced plans to expand its body and chassis facility in Goldsboro, NC, to meet increasing industry demand for new automotive products and technologies.

The company expects to invest $17.9 million in the Wayne County plant by year-end 2012, and create 137 new jobs. The average annual wage for the new positions will be $31,713 (not including benefits). The Wayne County average annual wage is $29,848.

"Leveraging our successful operations is one of our top priorities," said Larry Johnson, Cooper's VP-North American Operations, "and North Carolina's strong workforce and business culture make it an ideal location for this type of expansion."

"Cooper Standard has been in Goldsboro for more than 25 years," said Gov. Perdue. "Our top-ranked business climate and skilled workforce make North Carolina an excellent location for businesses to prosper."

Cooper will be eligible for a grant from the One North Carolina Fund, added Perdue.

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