Austria-Based EGGER Plans First US Plant in Davidson County, North Carolina
According to company officials, over the next 15 years, EGGER will invest $700 million in the new state-of-the-art facility, which is projected to create 770 jobs. The first phase of the development taking place over the next six years will create 400 of these jobs with an initial $300 million investment.
Construction on the multi-phased project is expected to start at the end of 2018, subject to various approvals and permits, and production is slated to begin in 2020. The North Carolina facility will be an ultramodern particleboard manufacturing plant, enabling EGGER to better serve its customers in North America, officials said. EGGER’s goal is to replicate its leading market position in Europe and become the leading brand for wood-based solutions in North America.
“This facility will play a critical role in growing EGGER’s presence in the North American market for wood-based materials and ensuring product availability and speed of delivery for our customers here,” said Walter Schiegl, EGGER Group CTO and member of the executive board.
“Davidson County is the heart of the furniture industry, and we are looking forward to leveraging the skills and knowledge of the workforce here to create a workplace that the local community and state will be proud of,” he added.
EGGER officials said its facility will benefit the greater Piedmont Triad region by working with local wood suppliers, acquiring wood byproducts from regional sawmills and working with a wide range of suppliers for additional services. EGGER’s sales activities in North America have already proved that the range, quality and pricing of its product portfolio are highly attractive for architects, designers, wholesalers and industry customers.
“We are as committed today to innovation, high-quality products, our employees and the environment as we were when the company was founded 1961,” said Michael Egger, co-Owner, EGGER Group. “Our mission is to create more from wood, and we will use our 56 years of history and knowledge working with this valuable resource to make this facility a global center of excellence.”
“North Carolina’s legacy as a top state for furniture manufacturing and the availability of a skilled labor force is an excellent advantage for EGGER’s first entry into the U.S. market,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “International manufacturing companies looking to expand in the U.S. will find all the components in North Carolina they need to succeed, including a strong transportation infrastructure, proximity to suppliers and customers, a business-friendly tax environment and of course, access to skilled workers.”
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