Packaging strap maker to expand in Clinton

Posted May 3, 2011 11:36 a.m. EDT

— A company that makes steel and plastic strapping for packaging applications will expand its production facility in Sampson County, officials said Tuesday.

DuBose Strapping Inc. will create 34 jobs and invest $10.5 million during the next three years in the Clinton plant, officials said.

“This is just the first phase in our long-term plan for growth, which we are happy will now take place in North Carolina," Charles DuBose Jr., chief executive of DuBose Strapping, said in a statement.

DuBose Strapping has been in Clinton since 1991 and already employs 93 people there. The company plans to install plastic strap manufacturing equipment to expand the company’s product offerings and position it as a full-line packing products provider, DuBose said.

The average annual wage for the new jobs will be $43,176, plus benefits. Sampson County's average annual wage is $28,964.

The project was made possible in part by a $138,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, which provides financial assistance to attract business projects to the state. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job and investment targets to obtain grant funds.