Article originally published by Adam Orr of the Gaston Gazette, Wednesday, July 16, 2014:
Pacific Coast Feather Co.?s February announcement, which, promised 140 local manufacturing jobs, was the largest of its kind in North Carolina for the first quarter of the year.
That?s according to the N.C. Department of Commerce.
?That was a big deal for us from a publicity standpoint,? said Donny Hicks, executive director of the Gaston County Economic Development Commission.
?That report goes out to a broad spectrum ofpeople involved at commerce, other economic developers, legislators and their staff.?
The findings were reported in Commerce?s first-quarter ?Community Investment Report Analysis.?
Other job creation announcements included those by office furniture manufacturers BuzziSpace Inc. and Teknion Studio Group, which pledged to create 113 and 100 jobs in Guilford and Johnston counties respectively. Vance County’s HandCrafted Homes announced plans to add 100 jobs, and Buncombe County’s Kearfott Corp. plans to add 75 jobs.
In total, 68 new projects and 70 expansion projects were announced in the first quarter statewide, which are expected to add more than 4,500 new jobs.
Pacific Coast Feather Co., a Seattle-based mattress pad manufacturer, moved to a vacant building on Lowell Road in February. An October 2013 tornado destroyed its mattress plant in Wayne, Neb.
?The company had some decisions to make about their business following the tornado,? Hicks said. ?They originally came down to look at some machinery in the building, took a look at the whole package and decided it made sense.?
The company applied for grant money through the N.C. Department of Commerce, based on its $5.5 million investment and promised job creation.
Hicks said Pacific Coast Feather is ramping up production at its Gaston County location and, as a result, has not yet completed the anticipated hiring.
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