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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – , a developer and manufacturer of materials for use in lithium batteries, will build a production plant in Concord and add 289 jobs over the next five years, Gov. Beverly Perdue announced Wednesday.
Celgard will receive up to $4.6 million in income tax rebates under a North Carolina Job Development Investment Grant if it hits job creation targets. The firm, which is part of Charlotte-based Polypore International (NYSE: PPO), also will receive a $955,000 One North Carolina Fund grant from the state.
The company will expand its headquarters in Charlotte as part of a $91 million investment over the next five years.
Last fall, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded Celgard a $49 million grant to help fund its growth as part of the government’s commitment to advance electric-powered vehicles.
“Celgard is an innovative, forward-thinking North Carolina company that is helping us realize the promise of a greener economy,” Perdue said in a statement. “These are exactly the types of jobs I envisioned when we started building the number of ‘green-collar’ jobs in our state.”
The new jobs will pay an average salary of $56,960, plus benefits.
Celgard plans to expand its Charlotte work force to 470, from 390, and hire 209 workers for the plant in Concord.
“After conducting a thorough, multi-state review of potential sites, we are pleased to announce the expansion of our Charlotte facility and the construction of a new facility in Concord,” Mitch Pulwer, vice president and general manager of Celgard, said in a statement. “This region offers a skilled work force and solid transportation infrastructure and is in close proximity to several engineering universities and laboratories that offer great technical capabilities we can leverage.”
One North Carolina Fund grants require a local match.