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CommScope to Expand its Catawba County Facilities, Adding 250 Jobs

CommScope has announced a major business expansion at its Catawba County facilities. Headquartered in Hickory with more than 1,600 Catawba County employees, the company plans to invest $60.3-million over the next four years to enhance production capabilities. The expansion will create 250 new positions with an average annual salary of $57,332.

CommScope specializes in infrastructure solutions for communication networks. The expansion is intended to bolster the company’s manufacturing capabilities in order to meet growing demand for broadband nationwide. According to a statement released by the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (E.D.C.), the increased demand is fueled by federally-driven initiatives to enhance access and telecommunications speeds in previously under-served broadband markets.

The additional positions created by the expansion will range from manufacturing and engineering roles to management and support functions. CommScope will work with local workforce development agencies to identify and train qualified candidates. Hiring opportunities will be posted on the company’s website, jobs.commscope.com.

A public hearing for local incentive consideration will be scheduled in the coming months by the Catawba County Board of Commissioners. In addition to Catawba County, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, and the Catawba County E.D.C.