His announcement came Monday at the GE Aviation in Durham.
Employees at the GE Aviation plant produce engines like the 1,000th for the Boeing 787.
GE Aviation Assembly & Test Technician Dean Clifford says he has been working on the historic engine.
"I've worked in first and 1,000. I have a lot of pride in it," he said.
McCrory acknowledged employees like Clifford as he touted the state for being more competitive for manufacturers with tax reform, which lowers the corporate tax rate.
North Carolina ranks No. 1 among southeastern states for manufacturing jobs.
Friday is National Manufacturing Day.
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