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Expansion Of Morganton Company To Create Jobs

New jobs will be coming to Burke County as a result of the expansion at a Morganton company. Governor Roy Cooper’s Office and the North Carolina Department of Commerce have announced the award of a Building Reuse grant to support Project Fill, an expansion initiative at a facility in Burke County.

Gerresheimer Glass received a $500,000 grant to support the expansion of its facility on Wamsutta Mill Road in Morganton. The capital investment will exceed $60 million and will expand capacity for new vial forming lines. The expansion is projected to create 78 new jobs over two years. The average annual wage of the new jobs will be $48,379, which is 20% higher than the average wage for the county.

The North Carolina Community College System’s Customized Training program will participate in the project as well. Attracting and retaining a skilled workforce is crucial to any new or expanding company. A training plan with an estimated value of over $85k, will be customized for the project and will be developed in a joint effort between company representatives, Western Piedmont Community College and the NC Community College System. Training will include both technical and soft skills training.

The City of Morganton was the applicant for the grant and they along with Burke County will supply a 5% local match for the project. The project is expected to create over $60M in new capital investment. Gerresheimer currently has 164 full-time employees in North Carolina. The Morganton operation produces Tubular Type 1, clear and amber which include serum vials, large outer diameter vials and double chamber vials. The expansion will allow for the installation of new vial forming lines and warehouse space for the company’s production of Type 1 vials and Gx® Elite glass vials.

Burke Development, Inc., Burke County, the City of Morganton, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the NC Department of Commerce, the NC Community College System, Western Piedmont Council of Governments and Western Piedmont Community College along with our Local legislators: Representative Hugh Blackwell and Senator Warren Daniel assisted with the project. A special word of thanks needs to be passed on to Mike Bridges, who was very valuable in making this effort a reality.

Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.