BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — International automotive supplier Continental will launch a major expansion of its manufacturing facility, creating 160 jobs over the next five years. The company will invest more than $40 million at its Morganton operations.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced the expansion Tuesday.
“It’s encouraging when a major manufacturer decides to keep expanding right here in North Carolina,”Cooper said in a news release. “I’m confident that Continental will find the skilled workers they need to fill these new jobs and put more money in the pockets of people in Burke and neighboring counties.”
The state supported the project with a Job Development Investment grant. A Building Reuse grant will also be considered for approval later this week.
"This is a great project, and we're excited to announce it," Burke County Commission chairman Jeff Brittain said in a news release. "Not only are the new jobs important, but solidifying the existing jobs was key to the project. We hope this means Continental will be here in Burke County for a long time to come."
Continental began operations in Burke County in 1992 and has two facilities in the county. The main plant, where the expansion will take place, manufactures anti-lock braking systems. The new product line and reason for the expansion is Continental's next generation MK C1 Integrated brake system.
"Continental is very important to the city of Morganton," mayor Ronnie Thompson said in the news release. "The jobs are high tech, automated and are an example of what manufacturing is going to be in the future. We're very proud to see them growing in our community."
"This project shows the importance of teamwork in economic development. The list of partners on a project of this size is impressive, and I am very pleased at how they worked together to win the project for the citizens of Morganton and Burke County," Alan Wood, president and CEO of Burke Development Inc., said in the news release.