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Automotive Interiors Co., To Bring 50 New Jobs To Nash County

Posted March 20, 2006

— A manufacturing company for the hot-rod car and truck markets will open in Rocky Mount, creating 50 new jobs and investing $2.1 million over the next three years, Gov. Mike Easley announced Monday.

R.W. & Able Inc.

, which supplies thermoformed plastic parts and seats for automotive interiors, will relocate its facilities to North Carolina from Chico, Calif., and offer an expected weekly salary averaging $585.

Although wages will vary by job function, the average is more than $100 higher than the Nash County average of $476, not including benefits.

North Carolina is the ninth leading state for employment in the plastics industry.

"North Carolina's highly experienced workforce in plastics production will enable us to attract and retain skilled workers," R.W. & Able owner Blaine Roberts said. "Eighty percent of our customers are on the East Coast and this relocation will allow us to reduce delivery times and costs, providing direct savings to our customers."

The move was made possible in part by a $25,000 One North Carolina Fund grant, which assists the state in industry recruitment and expansion by providing assistance to local governments to attract businesses that will stimulate the economy and create new jobs in the state.

Since 2001, the fund has helped create more than 18,000 jobs and generate about $2.5 billion in investments.

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