DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced Wednesday that Pro Refrigeration Inc. will expand its operations by locating a new East Coast production facility in Davie County.
Officials said the refrigeration systems manufacturer plans to create as many as 85 jobs over five years.
"A lot of people in Davie County are without jobs," said Mocksville resident Chelsea Maness, who says no matter the number of jobs Davie County residents are ready.
"Especially for this small county.. [85 jobs] are a lot to us."
Authorities said the business will also invest $4.9 million to gain maximum benefits from performance-based incentives approved by the Davie County Economic Development Commission.
The project was also made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $75,000. The state grant will be based on the company creating 58 jobs and investing $3.6 million over the first three years of the project.
“Manufacturers like Pro Refrigeration know that my administration is committed to growing this important part of North Carolina’s economy,” said Governor McCrory, according to a prepared statement. “We must continue to support manufacturing through our strategic investments in workforce development and infrastructure.”
Pro Refrigeration is a privately-held company that designs, manufactures and distributes state-of-the-art refrigeration systems for the dairy, winery, food processing, medical and craft brewing industries.
Officials said the company currently has more than 50 employees operating from its headquarters in Washington State and sales office in Georgia.
"There is a lot of good going on in Davie County," said resident Dawn Ludwick. "People just have to come in here and see that we are a great place to be."
The company will start moving in on March 1, ramping up to full production by the end of the year.
Applications are now being accepted online: http://www.prochiller.com/ncjobs/