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Tarboro to Get New Plant and 300 Jobs

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TARBORO — You can't keep a good job if there isn't oneto be had. Even with North Carolina's dramatically low unemployment rate;there are people stuck in pockets where there's just no work. Now one ofthose pockets is getting an economic shot in the arm with 300 new jobs.

Carolina System Technology is adding 300 news jobs to an automotive partsplant under construction in Tarboro. That brings the total number ofnew jobs there to almost 500.

The owners of the company are based in Tokyo, Japan and Governor Huntmet with them during his recent trade mission. Company leaders are sayingthat visit made a difference.

Steel girders pop up from a rural Tarboro setting that will soon be ahuge plant where monitoring systems for Honda Accords will be made.Carolina Systems Technology broke ground in July promising 160 new jobs.According to Edgecombe County Manager Joe Durham, that figure jumpedsignificantly last week.

State leaders credit Governor Hunt's trade mission to Europe and Japanfor securing the new jobs for Tarboro. The Governor met with officialsfrom CST's Japanese parent company in Tokyo who say the governor's visitdefinitely influenced their decision to expand.

Oppie Jordan is an Economic Developer in Edgecombe County. She was onthe Japanese trip with the governor and credits him with bringing homethese jobs.

For leaders in Edgecombe County the important thing is not how ithappened, but how muchwill it bring.

Company officials wouldn't say whether they would have expanded inTarboro if the Governor hadn't visited. They did, however, say that therelationship the Governor and Secretary of Commerce Tolson haveestablished with them has fostered the company's confidence in this state.

The Tarboro facility is scheduled to open in February.

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