Harger, Inc., a leading provider of electrical protective equipment, will expand its current Robeson County operations and create 20 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday, August 18. The company will invest $ 3.2 million to expand the capacity of its Fairmont facility.
“Manufacturers like Harger continue to expand and find value in rural North Carolina,” said Cooper. “Our state offers an excellent, diverse workforce, a high quality of life and an infrastructure that enables industrial companies to thrive here.”
Harger, founded in 1960 and headquartered in Grayslake, Illinois, provides lightning protection and electrical grounding solutions. “The company’s experience encompasses all facets of these systems, including engineering, system design, product manufacturing and installation,” said a statement from Cooper’s office. “Harger serves a wide range of industrial markets including utilities, railways, oil and gas, and renewable energy and data communications. The company’s expansion in Robeson County will support new product lines in both grounding and lightning protection. “
“Fourteen years ago we made the decision to build a plant in Fairmont,” says Mark Harger, owner and steward of Harger Lightning and Grounding. “The company has more than tripled its output in this period, mainly due to the excellent staff. We look forward to continuing to grow in Fairmont in the years to come. “
“There is no better testament to North Carolina’s strength as a manufacturing base than when a company doing business in the state decides to expand here,” said Machelle Baker Sanders, North Carolina Secretary of Commerce. “As the state’s new strategic economic development plan makes clear, North Carolina’s diverse workforce is our greatest economic driver. It is therefore more important than ever to invest in the education and training systems that lead to successful human resource development. “
It is reported that the company’s new jobs will earn an average salary of $ 39,408, though actual wages will vary depending on the position. The median annual wage in Robeson County is $ 35,003.
A $ 75,000 performance grant from the One North Carolina Fund will facilitate Harger’s expansion into Robeson County. The OneNC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to attract economic investment and create jobs. Businesses are not paid upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment goals to qualify for payment. All OneNC grants require an appropriate grant from local governments, and each award is contingent on that condition being met, the announcement said.
“Harger’s expansion into Robeson County brings welcome good news to our region,” said Charles Graham, NC representative. “This company’s positive experience doing business here led to their decision to expand and invest more, which is a good reflection of our people and the North Carolina and local business climate.”
“It’s great to see manufacturing in North Carolina and Robeson Counties come alive and well,” said NC Senator Danny Britt Jr. “Harger is a valued member of our local business community, and everyone here takes pride in our continued partnership Company with our region. “
Working with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina were the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Community College System, Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC), Robeson Community College, Robeson County, North Carolinas Southeast, the Robeson County Committee of 100 and the Robeson County Office of Economic Development.
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