July 2, 2019
A manufacturer of electrical controls for cranes and fire protection equipment will expand in Archdale, creating 14 engineering and production jobs.
Hubbell Industrial Controls plans to renovate and expand into a vacant 5,782-square-foot building at 4306 Cheyenne Drive, according to Randolph County Economic Development Corp. The company is a member of the Hubbell Industrial Products Group, which is part of Hubbell Inc. (NYSE: HUBB).
Hubbell Industrial Controls will consolidate its engineering team into the renovated space, which is across the street from Hubbell’s existing facility.
Of the 14 jobs the company expects to create, four will join the company’s engineering team to support Hubbell’s industrial controls division. The other 10 jobs will be production positions created at the main facility as a new product line is added.
The company expects to retain 141 jobs in Archdale, with the new jobs driving it to 155 total.
Kevin Franklin, president of the Randolph County EDC, told TBJ that Hubbell expects the average wage of the 14 positions to be $52,641, well above the county’s average wage of $35,400.
“That’s definitely one of our goals — to attract and support jobs that raise the average wage of the county,” Franklin said.
The Archdale facility is Hubbell Industrial Controls’ only location in North Carolina, with operations there focused on making controls for products such as cranes and fire protection equipment. Products for the industrial division are made in Archdale, Wisconsin and Texas, according to the company.
“Hubbell Industrial Controls has been successful for many years in Archdale due to its positive business climate and good talent base, which enable us to further grow our business,” said Christoph Vogel, Hubbell vice president and general manager, industrial and commercial construction.
To incentivize the jobs and the investment in renovations, the city of Archdale was awarded a $125,000 N.C. Commerce Building Grant from the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority. Those funds will assist in the renovations, with the total investment including the grant projected at $264,537. Hubbell has 18 months from June 20, when the grant was awarded, to create the 14 jobs, followed by a six-month retention period.
Franklin told TBJ that a permit was pulled for the project in late May, and he expects work to begin immediately and be completed within about 90 days. J.L. Darr & Son Inc. has been enlisted as the general contractor.
“The city is very proud to work with Hubbell on this expansion grant,” said Archdale Mayor Bert Lance-Stone. “We’re glad to have them as a part of the Archdale community.”
May 15, 2019
LIBERTY — Talbert Manufacturing, Inc. hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of its 52,000-square-foot facility and building expansion at Ferree Trailers in Liberty Tuesday.
“I’d like to thank you all for coming and welcome you to our ribbon cutting ceremony for this new facility,” Talbert President Andrew Tanner said during opening remarks.
“When we purchased this facility back in 2014, we had about 18 employees. We’re up a little over 40 now,” he said.
Talbert Manufacturing, Inc. acquired Ferree Trailers in 2014. The expansion doubled the size of the facility.
The company, based in Rensselaer, Ind., specializes in building world-class equipment trailers, and has been serving the transportation industry since 1938.
Russell Stern, co-owner of Talbert Manufacturing, and various local officials were in attendance at the event.
“It is a real pleasure to be here today,” Stern said during the ceremony.
“This was a business that my father (Harry J. Stern) wanted to make successful ... and one where he wanted to create an environment where people can work.
“It’s exciting to see, (we) looking forward to filling it up.”
Talbert Manufacturing, Inc. currently offers employment in the areas of welding, painting and assembly, and is now hiring locally.
“We will be at 60 jobs by the end of the year,” Tanner said. “We’re looking forward to continuing to grow.”
March 25, 2019
ASHEBORO — Danish company Fibertex Personal Care Corp. celebrated the grand opening of its first North American manufacturing facility on Friday.
Invited guests, which included Asheboro City and Randolph County officials, as well as customers, media and business and community leaders, were treated to breakfast, a ribbon cutting and a tour of the sparkling new plant. It’s located at 733 Commerce Place in Asheboro, off Pineview Street, on a tract of land near the former Goodyear plant.
Fibertex is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of spunbond/spunmelt nonwoven fabrics for key components in baby diapers, sanitary napkins and adult incontinence care products.
Founded in 1968 and expanded in 2007 with its print subsidiary, Innowo Print, it has operations in Denmark, Germany and Malaysia.
The Asheboro plant, the first in the United States, will eventually have capabilities for both nonwoven production and printing.
Currently, in this first phase of operations, only printing is done on-site. Employees number around a dozen, but eventually 145 jobs will be created as the company expands. All told, the company plans a $114 million investment.
Mikael Axelsen, Group CEO of Fibertex, welcomed guests, noting that “our journey” began two years ago when the company “tried to identify the right spot for us to build a base in the U.S.” and “it became very clear that North Carolina was the most attractive place to be.” Narrowing that choice down to Asheboro was helped by the welcoming people, well-developed industrial area, strong logistical connections, highways and rail.
“Once the decision was made on the location, we had a great announcement ceremony in Asheboro with a lot of VIPs, including the governor (Roy Cooper) and, of course, all of us. And as a welcome gift, we received the North Carolina Flag from the governor.
“Second came the ground-breaking ceremony which is exactly one year ago and this time we received the golden shovel,” he added, which is hanging on display in the break room, “and now here today with a brand new factory, two years after the first visit, not bad at all!”
Axelsen said the next parts of the journey will be different but challenging, including expansion; working with customers, suppliers and partners; and how to run production 24/7, efficiently and with high quality.
“Our end customers are babies so it is our responsibility to deliver the best. Today, we have a visitor from P&G (Procter & Gamble) who is our first customer of the site and will be an important customer as we develop our business. P&G is the world’s leading manufacturer of baby diapers worldwide and we supply them basically in all regions of the world. So, thank you for supporting our common business.”
Asheboro Mayor David Smith also had warm words of welcome for the new company.
October 31, 2018
IE Furniture purchases Randolph County building
October 18, 2018
Talbert Manufacturing, Inc., based in Rensselaer, Ind., broke ground at Ferree Trailers in Liberty, which Talbert acquired in 2014 and is expanding.