Business Briefs

Plastics manufacturer to open Seagrove plant

Posted November 17, 2010 11:07 a.m. EST

— A company that makes plastic components for the automotive industry plans to open a molding and assembly plant in Randolph County, creating 96 jobs, officials said Wednesday.

Ernie Green Industries Inc. will invest $1.75 million in the operation in the next three years. The company will locate in the former Moll Industries facility in Seagrove, retaining some of the former Moll Industries production of plastic medical injection molded products.

“The new location will allow us to better serve the customers in the region and support the diversification of our business and long-term growth to provide a higher level of services to our customers in the area,” Larry Jutte, president of EGI, said in a statement.

EGI has five other production facilities in Ohio and Florida.

The average annual wage for the new jobs will be $30,975, plus benefits, which is higher than Randolph County's average wage of $29,172.

EGI has qualified for an $80,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, which provides financial assistance to attract business projects that stimulate economic activity and create jobs. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment targets to obtain the funds.