Central States Manufacturing Inc., a manufacturer of metal building components, will invest $4.5 million to open a new plant in Mount Airy, North Carolina, according to the North Carolina governor's office. The Arkansas-headquartered company plans to create 45 new jobs at an average annual salary of $40,656 plus benefits. Operations at the new plant will include forming, cutting, and assembling coated steel parts and panels. "We are very excited about expanding our operations into North Carolina and to the eastern region of our market," says Donna Leger, the company's president. "The people we have encountered in the Surry County area match our company culture and our values, and we couldn't be more pleased with our selection of Mount Airy as our fifth plant site." The state will provide Central States Manufacturing with a $135,000 grant contingent on job creation that must be matched by local governments.