The Catawba County Economic Development Corporation announced Tuesday (September 28) that Corning Incorporated has planned a manufacturing expansion in Trivium Corporate Center in Hickory. Corning will invest $150 million and create 200 jobs.
Salaries will vary by position, but the average annual compensation for the new jobs will be $55,000, a 25% increase compared to Catawba County’s average wage. State and local incentives will total approximately $4.7-million. Those incentives include a land donation from the Catawba County Economic Development Corp. worth nearly $1.7-million.
Michael A. Bell, the senior vice president and general manager of Corning Optical Communications said in a news release that with this expansion, the company is address demand from leading network operators, AT&T in particular, which previously announced plans to significantly expand its fiber footprint.
Corning currently has approximately 5,000 employees in North Carolina. The company has facilities in Hickory, Concord, and Newton, with its headquarters in Charlotte. For more information about Corning, including job opportunities, visit www.corning.com.