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Appliance supplier expanding in Beaufort County

Posted December 14, 2010 2:50 p.m. EST

— A company that makes cable and panel systems for household appliances plans to expand its manufacturing plant in Beaufort County, creating 239 jobs, officials said Tuesday.

PAS Group, which already employs 137 in Washington, will invest $3.2 million during the next five years in the plant.

The average annual wage for the new jobs will be $27,258, plus benefits. The Beaufort County average annual wage is $29,952.

The new investment will enable PAS USA to win a supply contract for 250,000 dishwasher panel systems with a major home dishwasher brand, officials said. Manufacturing includes injection molding, printing, high speed milling, assembly and electronic testing.

“PAS USA is excited with the opportunities for continued growth of our business in eastern North Carolina,” Frank Wendland, general manager of PAS USA, said in a statement.

The company qualified for an $800,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, which provides financial assistance to attract business projects to the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job and investment targets to obtain the funds.

The PAS Group has facilities in Germany, Poland, Turkey, Mexico and the United States.