137 jobs headed to Wayne County

Gov. Bev. Perdue
September 26, 2011 10:44:01 AM PDT
Automotive supplier Cooper Standard will invest $17.9 million in its Goldsboro body and chassis facility for new products and programs - meaning 137 new jobs.

"Given our successful history in Goldsboro, we’re confident in our decision to expand Cooper Standard’s current footprint to meet increasing industry demand for new automotive products and technologies," said Larry Johnson, Vice President, North American Operations in a news release sent out by Governor Beverly Perdue's office.

Perdue's office said the expansion was made possible in part by a state grant, but didn't say how much the company will get.

"Our top-ranked business climate and skilled workforce make North Carolina an excellent location for businesses to prosper. We are pleased to support just that kind of growth with this One North Carolina grant," said Perdue in a statement.

Cooper Standard began its Goldsboro operation in 1984. It currently employs 373 full-time workers. Perdue's office said the new jobs would have an average salary of $31,713 not including benefits.

Companies receive no upfront money under the One North Carolina grant program. They must meet job creation and investment targets to collect the funds.

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