Parachute maker's expansion lands in Roxboro

Posted October 6, 2009

— A parachute manufacturer plans to expand its operations in Person County, creating 375 jobs in Roxboro, to supply the military with parachutes, officials said Tuesday.

North American Aerodynamics Inc. produces the globally distributed Parafoil Accuracy Parachute Canopy and parachutes for the sports and military sectors. The privately held company, which was founded in 1964, employs 45 people full time, along with 55 seasonal workers, at its headquarters and plant in Roxboro.

The company plans to expand and renovate two nearby buildings to handle cutting, sewing and assembly of cargo and flare parachutes for military operations in Afghanistan, officials said. The company plans to invest $900,000 in the expansion, and the growth will qualify the firm for a $300,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

The 375 new jobs will pay an annual average wage of $23,834.

“North Carolina, the nation’s most military-friendly state, maintains a strong manufacturing sector in support of our armed forces,” Gov. Beverly Perdue said in a statement.

The One North Carolina Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will create jobs. Companies must meet job and investment targets to qualify for grant funds.


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  • hawkbruc Oct 7, 2009

    I hope they use E-Verify on all of those applying for those jobs .

  • oldrebel Oct 6, 2009

    Great news. I'm happy for those who are fortunate enough to land these new jobs!!!

  • Big Mike Oct 6, 2009

    Good for Roxboro. Those folks have been through some tough times with so many factories shutting down. Having worked there for almost 15 years bak in the 80's and 90's, I can honestly say North American will have some great folks to pick from.

  • greenapples Oct 6, 2009

    How soon will the jobs be available & where can you apply?

  • 007KnightRider Oct 6, 2009

    A job is better than no job especially in this economy. Good for Roxboro!!

  • wattsun Oct 6, 2009

    Bring Back The Jobs to The USA

  • OSX Oct 6, 2009

    The wages aren't that great but I am happy that some industry is coming back there. There are a lot of really good people living in Roxboro. A bunch of good southern folks there.

  • dmccall Oct 6, 2009

    I hope I can LAND one of those jobs.

  • aoakley336 Oct 6, 2009

    This is great news for those here in Roxboro that have lost their jobs in the last couple of years & have yet to find a new 1.

  • north 501 Oct 6, 2009

    Great news.