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Chinese Furniture Manufacturer Invests In Statesville Facility
Statesville, NC – December 16, 2014. For the second time in less than a week, the Statesville Region is welcoming significant investment from a foreign-owned manufacturer. Homestar North America, a subsidiary of Fujian, China-based ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture company Homestar Light Industrial CO., LTD., has acquired the assets of Talon Systems and is establishing its North American headquarters and primary manufacturing facility in the former Talon Systems building at 607 Meacham Road. The company is investing $7 million and will create 120 new jobs.
Toronto-based Talon Systems established its Statesville plant in 2010 to produce RTA storage systems for the U.S. market. Homestar acquired and merged with Talon in 2013 and relocated the headquarters operation and primary manufacturing from Canada to Statesville, increasing employment at the 310,000 square foot facility from 40 to 160 by the end of 2015.
“Talon was a great win for the Statesville Region in 2010,” said Michael Smith, Executive Director of Statesville Regional Development, “but we are even more excited about what Homestar brings to the region. In addition to the manufacturing jobs, the headquarters operation will bring high-paying sales, marketing, engineering, management and design positions that pay, on average, $50,000 per year.”
Homestar is a global leader in RTA furniture, storage solutions, and electric fireplaces. Their products are sold through retailers under well-known brand names such as Black and Decker, IKEA and Akada Home.
Korean Metal Fabrication Company Chooses Statesville for First U.S. Manufacturing Facility
Statesville, NC – December 10, 2014. Heung IL, USA Corp., a subsidiary of South Korea-based Heung IL Industrial Co., Ltd. has announced that it will be opening its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Statesville, North Carolina. Heung IL, USA will invest $2.3 million and will create 30 new full-time jobs with average annual pay of $38,000 at the facility, which will be co-located on the grounds of the existing Doosan Portable Power facility off Glenway Drive. Heung IL USA is a major supplier of fabricated light gauge sheet metal components to Doosan.
“The Heung IL announcement is a prime example of the value of existing businesses in growing our regional economy,” commented Statesville Regional Development’s Executive Director, Michael Smith. “Because of Doosan’s existing relationship with Heung IL’s parent company, we were able to successfully recruit a manufacturer that might not otherwise have been on our radar. One of the key questions we ask as part of our existing industry visits is who are your major suppliers and would there be value to you if they were to relocate to the Statesville region? In this case, Doosan’s need for just-in-time delivery of highly customized components drove the process. The supply chain for these parts has been reduced from hundreds of miles to hundreds of feet and from several days to several hours.”
Although the Heung IL, USA facility will initially supply Doosan Statesville exclusively, the long-term plan is to establish a U.S. sales and marketing presence and diversify the customer base.
Statesville Regional Development wants to thank our development partners on this project; Doosan Infracore Portable Power, Duke Energy, the City of Statesville, Iredell County and the Charlotte Regional Partnership.
Highland Industries Selects Statesville Region for New U.S. Manufacturing Facility
Statesville, NC – May 22, 2014 – Highland Industries, part of the global Takata family of companies, today announced its newest U.S. manufacturing facility will be located in Statesville, North Carolina. Highland specializes in the conception, design and delivery of high-performance textiles for the automotive, industrial and aerospace sectors. The company will be moving into the recently completed 62,878 square foot Shell Building II at the Statesville Business Park with plans to invest $6 million and create 40 jobs over the next three years. “This announcement is a testament to the vitality of the Statesville economy and our desirability to advanced manufacturing companies, as well as an example of the City's commitment to partnerships which promote economic growth,” said Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh. “That Highland Industries would locate to our speculative shell building almost before it was finished demonstrates that the local economy is definitely on the right track.”
Construction on Shell Building II began in September of 2013. Situated on a 16 acre parcel at the Statesville Business Park, the building is a public-private partnership between The Keith Corporation, the City of Statesville, Iredell County, Statesville Regional Development and an existing business park tenant.
Steve Johnson, Chairman of the Iredell County Commissioners, noted that the initial investment the county made in infrastructure for the Shell Building II project has shown a quick return. “I am pleased that Highland Industries has chosen to make Iredell County home for its newest manufacturing facility, and happy that the assistance Iredell County provided on the site prep costs for the shell building has already yielded a dividend in the form of 40 new, high-paying advanced manufacturing jobs.”
Highland began in 1940 as Burlington Industrial Fabrics Company (BIFCO). In 1988, the Takata Corporation acquired the company from Burlington and reorganized it as Highland Industries. Statesville will be Highland’s third U.S. manufacturing location, with facilities also located in Kernersville, North Carolina and Cheraw, South Carolina. The company’s U.S. headquarters is located in Kernersville.
SRD Executive Director Michael Smith notes that with the completion of Shell Building II and its acquisition by Highland, the Statesville Business Park is nearly built out. “We have just a 40 acre parcel remaining at that park, but are looking forward to the opening of the new 134 acre business park which the city just purchased and re-zoned.”
Statesville Regional Development wants to thank all of our partners in this announcement; The Keith Corporation, the City of Statesville, Iredell County, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the One North Carolina Fund, the Greater Statesville Area Committee of 100, Mitchell Community College and ElectriCities.