Beaufort County Firm to Add 120 Jobs

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Impressions Marketing Group will add 120 jobs at its manufacturing facility in Beaufort County as part of a $3.25 million expansion.

The jobs will be added over the next three years.

The company will receive a $240,000 One North Carolina Fund grant as an economic incentive, Gov. Mike Easley’s office said Thursday. The grant required a local match.

Impressions is based in Lorton, Va. It currently employs 160 people at the Washington, N.C. plant. Impressions supplies retail store fixtures, décor and display graphics.

The new jobs will offer average wages of $611 plus benefits.

“Since opening our manufacturing facility in Washington in 2001 we have grown from an initial employee base of 25 to our current level of over 160 employees,” said Rick Gerber, founder and president of Impressions Marketing Group. “The support we have received from both local and state agencies has been an integral part of our success. This support, when combined with the loyal and dedicated employees we have found in Beaufort County, made the decision to renovate our Washington facility and expand our North Carolina operations and employee base a relatively easy one.”

Partners in the recruiting process were the N.C. Department of Commerce; North Carolina State University’s Industrial Extension Service; Beaufort County; and the City of Washington.

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