Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that idX Impressions will be expanding its manufacturing operations in Beaufort County. The company plans to create 159 new jobs and invest $3 million over the next three years in Washington.
“Our administration is continuing its focus on developing the manufacturing industry and emphasizing eastern North Carolina as a strategic location for growth,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “We welcome the expansion of idX Impressions here in Beaufort County.”
IDX Impressions builds store fixtures for companies across the globe. Its customer list includes leading retailers, banks and telecom companies. idX Impressions currently employs 84 people in North Carolina.
“Companies like idX Impressions are contributing to an increasing trend of job growth throughout rural North Carolina,” said Secretary Sharon Decker. “It’s time for a bold, focused, comprehensive approach to economic development that will improve the economic health of North Carolinians in all 100 counties.”
Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual payroll for the new jobs will be in excess of $4.8 million, plus benefits.
“idX looks forward to expanding our presence in Beaufort County,” said idX CEO Terry Schultz . “The North Carolina facility will offer idX a strategic location to increase our manufacturing and distribution capability, and better serve our customers. The expanded facility will be part of idX’s global network that includes 18 locations, and more than 1,500 employees.”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $300,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.
“I am extremely pleased that idX Impressions has chosen to expand in Beaufort County,” said Rep. Michael Speciale. “This is a significant boost for our goal to support expansion of existing businesses in the county and to bring manufacturing jobs back to North Carolina. I look forward to working closely with Secretary Decker and Governor McCrory on future projects.”
“This is a substantial step in our efforts to bring jobs back to Eastern North Carolina and improve the state’s economy,” said Senator Bill Cook. “I am proud that idX Impressions has chosen to expand in Washington.”
Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, North Carolina State University-IES, Beaufort County, the Northeast Commission, and the City of Washington.