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Swain County’s Consolidated Metco Announces $13 Million Expansion; 70 New Job Positions

Consolidated Metco, Inc., a Portland, OR, -based manufacturing company with plants in Bryson City and Cashiers, NC, has announced a plant expansion that will create 70 new jobs at their Bryson City facility by this summer; the company is also adding 15 new positions at their facility in Cashiers (Jackson County). In a business climate that nationally is losing many manufacturing jobs to other countries around the world, this is very good news for Western North Carolina manufacturing.

The company currently employs more than 250 people in Western North Carolina, and supplies heavy truck manufacturing companies in the region, such as Volvo, Peterbilt, and Freightliner, with key components in their manufacturing process.

The company’s North Carolina plants’ close proximity to its customers played a role in the decision to expand the Bryson City facility. Consolidated Metco is able to provide its customers with “just-in-time” deliveries, thereby eliminating the truck manufacturers’ need to inventory and store their components, a necessary money-saving advantage in today’s manufacturing world.

Consolidated Metco has more than 30 years of experience in producing high quality injection molded plastics, such as dashboards and instrument panels. The company also produces aluminum hubs, drums, hub assemblies, and die castings.

Swain County’s enthusiastic efforts to keep Consolidated Metco in the county were aided by AdvantageWest, a state-funded non-profit that assists local governments in their endeavors to attract private industry to their communities. AdvantageWest spokesman Mark Owen said that the agency provided Swain County with a $12,000 grant that provided funding for engineering designs necessary for the facility expansion. While AdvantageWest does not provide funding directly to private industry, it does provide funds for governmental organizations to aid with specific, necessary improvements such as turn lanes, sewer line expansions, etc.

The company is expecting to spend $13 million on the 95,000-square-foot expansion.

The company is accepting applications for the new positions. The company prefers applicants who hold high school diplomas, although that is not a necessity. Applicants should be willing to work second- and third-shift jobs. Hourly wages begin at $8.47/hour. For more information, please call Consolidated Metco’s human resources at 828-488-3888.

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