Greenheck Fan Corporation, a manufacturer of air movement and control equipment, will invest $30 million to expand its operations in Shelby, North Carolina, with plans to create 184 jobs in Cleveland County over the next five years. The firm, which currently employs 116 workers, will establish a new manufacturing operation near its existing Kings Mountain facility.
“This new plant will enable the continued growth of our centrifugal, vane axial, and industrial fan business unit by providing expanded production capacity and offering faster service to our customers along the east coast,” stated Tim Kilgore, Greenheck Fan division president.
According to Greenheck Sr. Vice-President of Human Resources Jon Krueger, “a thorough and exhaustive site search was conducted that considered many states and counties. We concluded the best location for the new CVI plant was Shelby, North Carolina, just 15 miles from our two current facilities in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.”
“Our first priority is creating jobs. North Carolina’s workforce continues to be a selling point for advanced manufacturers like Greenheck,” said Gov. Pat McCrory. “We must continue to support education and job training programs in order for North Carolina to compete in this global economy.”
“Greenheck’s growing commitment to Cleveland County and North Carolina is a testament to our strong business climate,” said Secretary Decker. “It’s great news when North Carolina businesses decide to expand right here at home.”
The project was made possible in part by a $300,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. The grant, which is based on the creation of 102 jobs over three years, is contingent upon proof of job creation and receipt of a local funding match. 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.
Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Cleveland County, City of Shelby, Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership and Gardner Webb University.