FAS Controls Inc., a manufacturer of custom designed electromechanical components that moved from upstate New York to North Carolina almost four decades ago, is investing more in its adopted home and will create 52 jobs over the next year.

The $1.5 million expansion of FAS’s 180,000-square-foot facility in Shelby was made possible in part by a $45,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, the governor’s office announced Friday.

 

 

FAS Controls makes custom-designed electromechanical components, primarily for vehicles. The company’s current product offerings include custom flow-control valves for diesel engines, heavy truck transmission shift-control valves, pressure switches and other electromechanical assemblies.

Founded in 1911, FAS Controls moved to Shelby in 1973 and has 149 employees. Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $28,308, not including benefits. The Cleveland County average annual wage is $31,200.

 

“We are very pleased to be able to expand in Cleveland County and bring growth to a community that has served us well for many years,” William Brown, president, said in the prepared statement. “We are also proud that the state and local governments remain in strong support of their incumbent manufacturing base.”

“This is the second jobs announcement for Cleveland County in one week,” said Gov. Bev Perdue. “Monday was computer services, and today is cutting edge manufacturing. These new jobs highlight how companies continue to be attracted to North Carolina’s trained, educated work force and top-ranked business climate.”

 

 

The One North Carolina Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs. The grants require local matches.

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