Air-Filtration Manufacturer CleanAire to Create 305 Jobs at New Wilson Plant

June 20, 2019

A maker of air filters for commercial, retail and and industrial markets is opening a new manufacturing facility in Wilson, North Carolina, creating 305 new jobs.

CleanAire, an air-filtration manufacturing company, plans to invest $10 million in the facility, which will do business under the name Pamlico Air.

“More and more manufacturers are finding North Carolina’s motivated workforce a good fit for their businesses,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “Pamlico Air’s decision to expand their operations in North Carolina shows what we already know, that our state’s communities are eager to grow right along with their growing companies.”

Pamlico Air is a high-quality air-filtration manufacturer that services retail, wholesale, commercial, and industrial markets nationally.

“We are excited that Wilson will be home to our North Carolina facility. We have a lot of ties to Eastern North Carolina and are thankful for the support we have received from the city of Wilson and the state to make this opportunity a reality,” said Travis Stephenson, CEO of Pamlico Air.

“North Carolina is one of the nation’s leaders in manufacturing,” said state Secretary of Commerce Anthony M. Copeland. “With the expansion of Pamlico Air to Wilson County, our skilled workforce will continue to build our reputation as a manufacturing leader and a home to innovation.”

The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) were instrumental in supporting the company’s decision to expand in Wilson County.

Salaries for the new jobs will vary by position but the average annual wage will be $32,557. The average annual wage in Wilson County is $44,012.

A performance-based grant of $250,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help support Pamlico Air’s new operation in Wilson County. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments.

In addition to North Carolina Department of Commerce and the EDPNC, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Community College System, Wilson County and Wilson County’s Economic Development Office.