Associated Materials Inc. will invest more than $5 million to expand its manufacturing center in Kinston, North Carolina
, with plans to create 252 new jobs during the next five years in Lenoir County.
The firm is the parent company of several North American manufacturing and distribution operations, including Alside Window Company, one of Kinston’s largest employers. Its products serve the needs of contractors, builders, remodelers and architects in remodeling and new construction markets. Associated Materials currently employs more than 540 people in North Carolina.
“We are investing in people, training, new equipment and manufacturing capabilities now through the next five years,” said Ondrea Joyner, Senior Human Resources Manager for AMI. “We appreciate the commitment from Lenoir County and the N.C. Community Colleges to assist with our expansion.”
“Creating new manufacturing jobs across North Carolina has been a priority of my administration’s economic plan. We remain focused on expanding partnerships with existing North Carolina businesses like Associated Materials,” said Gov. Pat McCrory. “Kinston and Associated Materials will both benefit greatly from this major expansion.”
“Governor McCrory and I are working everyday to ensure that we’re addressing the needs of our state’s existing manufacturers,” said Secretary Sharon Decker. “Lenoir County’s highly-skilled workforce will be a perfect match for Associated Materials.”
Other partners that assisted the firm with its expansion project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Lenoir County, and the City of Kinston.