Huntersville, NC, February 6 , 2017 – Oerlikon Metco (“Metco”), a Swiss based company, announced their plans today to build a manufacturing facility in Huntersville, NC. Oerlikon is headquartered in Pfäffikon, Switzerland. The company has been in business for more than 100 years and is a leader in surface solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. It has a global footprint of more than13,500 employees at more than 170 locations in 37 countries. It serves customers in the automotive, aerospace, energy, medical and other industries. The global technology group is planning a facility in The Park – Huntersville. Oerlikon is investing $62 million and will employee 93 people over the next five years.
Oerlikon will hire engineers, R&D staff and skilled craftsmen for its North Carolina facility. While compensation will vary by position, annual salaries for the new jobs will average $93,011. Mecklenburg County’s overall wages currently average $62,741 per year.
“This investment in North Carolina marks an important step in our plans to become a leading service provider for the fast-expanding additive manufacturing market. I would like to thank the North Carolina Business Development Program for their support, and we look forward to becoming part of this community,” said Dr. Roland Fischer, Oerlikon CEO.
“Metco will be a great addition to The Park Huntersville,” said Mayor John Aneralla, Town of Huntersville. “We are pleased they chose Huntersville for their first United States end to end advanced component manufacturing facility. They have plans for long-term growth and commitment to the town.”
“This facility will complement our already strong and growing International Advanced Manufacturing cluster in the Lake Norman area,” said Ryan McDaniels, Executive Director of Lake Norman Economic Development. “This is a great win for the Town of Huntersville and our community.”
“Oerlikon Metco appears to be a great fit for The Park – Huntersville as well as for Huntersville and the broader Charlotte region,” said Addison Causey, Senior Vice President for US Trust, Bank of America, who serves as Investment Manager for Park assets. “The company’s welcomed decision to locate here continues to prove the Park, and the Lake Norman region offers a competitive blend of highly desirable factors for international manufacturers and others in a site-selection process and considering locating quality jobs here.”
In addition to North Carolina Commerce and EDPNC, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Mecklenburg County, the Town of Huntersville, the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation.
The proposed facility is contingent upon approval of a Business Investment Program grant by the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, as well as Economic Development Incentive grant approval by the Huntersville Town Board of Commissioners.
About Oerlikon Metco
Oerlikon Metco is a leading surface solutions provider with a global presence. We are focused on supporting our customers with specialized components and innovative surface engineering products and services, using advanced coating and surface enhancement technologies. We enhance surfaces and provide specialized components, coating equipment, and materials, using advanced coating and surface enhancement technologies. Our innovative solutions improve performance and increase the efficiency and reliability of our customers’ products.
Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation
The Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation is responsible for the development and implementation of the economic development strategy for the towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville, and the Lake Norman region. These strategies will result in improving the quality of life for the region’s residents through the expansion of the tax base by attracting new capital investment and creating new, highly skilled jobs for the regions residents. For more information visit www.lnedc.com.
The Park Huntersville
The Park – Huntersville, located just minutes from Charlotte, NC, is one of the Southeast’s premier mixed use communities, offering space for lease, land for sale and build-to-suit opportunities in one of the nation’s fastest-growing areas. In the early 1980s, Bank of America, N.A., as Trustee for the Bank of America Pension Plan, began assembling the rolling, wooded farmland that is now The Park – Huntersville. The vision, then and now, centers on creating a complete community in the Charlotte and Lake Norman region. The Park is a place that provides quiet, well-designed workspace in the midst of area neighborhoods, shopping, and entertainment.
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