CHARLOTTE – Two international companies are going to open new high-tech related facilities in Mecklenburg County, creating as many as 146 new jobs.
KURZ, which focuses on hot stamping and coating technology, will build its North American headquarters in Huntersville.
And Yokohama Tire Corporation will build a research and development facility in Cornelius.
The announcements were made Tuesday.
KURZ, which is based in Germany and employs some 5,000 people worldwide, will invest $18 million in its new facility and says it will hire 90 people by 2022. The firm already has an office in Charlotte.
“Businesses expect a certain amount of basic infrastructure to be in place before they will even consider a site,” said Thomas Hertlein, CEO of KURZ USA, “but after visiting Huntersville and meeting with neighboring companies, we knew this would be a great place for our North American headquarters. I would like to thank the Town of Huntersville, Mecklenburg County and the state of North Carolina for all their assistance in this process.”
Yokohama Tire, which is a subsidiary of Japan-based Yokohama Rubber, plans to invest $5.85 million in its new facility and hire 56 people.
“Cornelius is a great fit for our company,” said Tetsuya Kuze, vice president of Yokohama Corporation of North Carolina, in a statement. “The proximity to the airport and the skilled workforce is going to make this facility very successful.”
Charlotte Camber CEO Bob Morgan noted that the “KURZ decision to expand in Mecklenburg County is a win for everyone involved. The new facility will offer high paying positions to a skilled manufacturing workforce while also sending the message to other international firms that this is the place to do business.”
About Yokohama, he added: “The new jobs created and investment made locally is a boon to the local economy and offers the potential for additional growth in the years ahead.”