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Carbon processor to open Lumberton plant

Posted May 18, 2015

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— A company that processes graphite and other carbons, minerals and materials for brake linings, ceramics, LEDs and other industries plans to open a plant in Robeson County, officials said Monday.

Asbury Carbons Inc. will create 25 jobs and invest more than $8 million in the Lumberton operation in the next three years.

“After a long and thorough vetting process, the site we selected in Robeson County stood head and shoulders above other sites being considered,” Noah Nichelson, vice president and chief operating officer of the Asbury, N.J.based company, said in a statement.

The average salary of the jobs will be $32,920 a year, plus benefits. The Robeson County average annual wage is $29,349.

Asbury Carbons qualified for a grant of up to $100,000 from the One North Carolina Fund, which provides financial assistance through local governments to attract business projects to the state. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job and investment targets to obtain grant funds, which are contingent upon local matches.

Asbury Carbons already has six locations in the United States and one each in Canada, Mexico and the Netherlands.

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