05/30/2019

Greenheck Group, an international manufacturer of commercial and industrial ventilation equipment, has selected Cleveland County for a major expansion of its presence in North Carolina. Greenheck will create more than 400 jobs and invest $58.8 million in Shelby.

“Leading manufacturers with firsthand experience of what it’s like to do business in North Carolina time and again choose to expand in our state,” state Gov. Roy Cooper said. “Industrial companies know our state has a healthy market, a skilled workforce and communities ready to grow with them.”

Greenheck Group will expand within the Foothills Commerce Center. The company is creating a campus in Shelby and will offer state-of-the-art amenities for all employees.

“The close proximity to our customers and ready access to a smart, talented workforce made the decision to expand our footprint in Shelby an effortless one,” said Greenheck President Dave Kallstrom. “With the addition of a campus, we will be able to offer team members a variety of career opportunities and amenities.”

“North Carolina’s long and positive track record in workforce development and training provides companies the confidence they need to locate important business units in our state,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “We welcome Greenheck’s expansion and look forward to this next phase of the company’s growth in Cleveland County.”

The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) led the state’s support for the company’s decision.

Greenheck’s expansion will create new opportunities for production personnel, welders, and a variety of other support and professional workers. Greenheck provides stability to the county by providing strong, steady careers with higher-than-average pay for the area. The 403 new positions associated with the project will provide an annual payroll impact of more than $16.2 million to the local economy.

Greenheck Group’s expansion in Cleveland County will be supported by a state Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Over the course of the 12-year term of this grant, the project will grow the state’s economy by an estimated $768 million. Using a formula that takes into account the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $3,278 million, spread over 12 years. State payments only occur after the company  has met its incremental job creation and investment targets.

“Many people and organizations at both the state and local level have worked hard to create the business environment where companies can thrive in our state,” said North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore. “Greenheck’s new growth will provide many economic benefits for our region.”

Partnering with state Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Cleveland County, the City of Shelby, and the Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership.