Wood company to open in Lenoir, create 170 jobs

Posted October 24, 2012 1:59 p.m. EDT
Updated October 24, 2012 2:59 p.m. EDT

— Woodgrain Millwork Inc., an Idaho-based manufacturer of moulding, windows and doors, will open a facility in Caldwell County and create 170 jobs, Gov. Bev Perdue announced Wednesday.

The family-owned company is using a $635,000 state grant from the One North Carolina Fund to open the site in Lenoir. The fund is designed to stimulate job growth in the state.

The company currently employs more than 180 people in facilities in Richmond and Union counties. The salaries for the Lenoir site will average nearly $30,000, which is equivalent to the average salary in Caldwell County, according to officials.

“The decision to open a facility in Caldwell County was based on the access to a workforce with wood manufacturing experience from the furniture industry, as well as the strategic location within our southeast distribution coverage area,” Chief Executive Officer Kelly Dame said in a statement. “The expansion of Woodgrain Millwork with this state-of-the-art facility is a direct result of our partnership with the various North Carolina state agencies.”