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Florida Firm To Open Plant, Hire 70 Workers in Hamlet

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RALEIGH, N.C. — APG-Meridian, a Florida-based manufacturer of aluminum fences, gates and railings, will open a plant in Richmond County and create 70 new jobs, Governor Mike Easley said Monday.

APG-Meridian will invest $2.5 million over the next three years in the plant.

The company received a One North Carolina Fund grant of $60,000 along with local match funds as incentives to build the plant in Hamlet.

APG-Meridian, which is based in Pompano Beach, FL, expects to open the plant in October. Average weekly wages will be $478 plus benefits.

"After entertaining offers from several other states, we chose North Carolina for our expansion," said Sam Kafin, president of APG-Meridian. "The business-friendly atmosphere, quality of life and proximity to other major markets all played a role in our decision. We are looking forward to growing in and with the state of North Carolina for years to come."

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