Edgecombe County Lands New Plant, 69 Jobs
Posted July 5, 2006 9:58 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass Pools has decided to open a new manufacturing facility in Edgecombe County.
The plant will have 69 jobs and represents a near $3 million investment over three years, according to Governor Mike Easley's office.
Blue Hawaiian will receive a $45,000 One North Carolina Fund grant from the state. A matching grant from local governments was also required.
The company is based in Largo, FL. It manufactures one-piece fiberglass swimming pools and spas. The North Carolina plant is the company's first expansion outside of Florida.
The average wage of the new jobs is expected to be $530 plus benefits.
The plant will be built in Rocky Mount's Fountain Industrial Park.
"All of the people we have worked with, both on the state and local level, have been great and done more than I ever imagined to make this happen," said Blue Hawaiian President Roger Erdelac.
Also participating in the plant recruitment process were the N.C. Department of Commerce, the N.C. Community College System, Carolinas Gateway Partnership and Edgecombe County.