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.”