WARSAW – The residential cabinet manufacturer Design Mode Cabinetry has selected Duplin County for a $13 million manufacturing facility located in the Town of Warsaw.

The 245,000 square foot building that the company will occupy is currently vacant and will be upfit to construct a manufacturing and distribution operation, according to a statement from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

Governor Cooper called the move “another great win for eastern North Carolina,” in the statement.

Wages for the 139 jobs are expected to average more than the county’s annual average wages.

“Our vision is to create a first-class working environment for employees and to innovate solutions for problems that will help move our industry forward.” says Adrian Carroll, President of Design Mode Cabinetry, in the statement. “We are honored for the opportunity to establish this business in Duplin County where it is clear that hard work and a sense of community are highly valued.”

The state did provide economic incentives to the firm, according to the statement, for assistance in opening the location.  That performance-based grant, worth $425,000, would come from the One North Carolina Fund and is contingent on conditions being met.

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A custom metal fabricator, The Metal Specialist, announced last year that it would open its new headquarters and manufacturing facility in the county.

And the county could be among those targeted by a provider of high-speed broadband internet, as previously reported by WRAL TechWire, at a time when the state of North Carolina is signaling strong interest in expanding broadband access through taking advantage of federal funding and federal programs.

Nationally, U.S. manufacturers are facing challenges, and remaining resilient in the face of those challenges, a new survey from the National Association of Manufacturers found.

“Through multiple crises, manufacturers have proven remarkably resilient, but there’s no mistaking there are darker clouds on the horizon. A majority of our surveyed members believe inflationary pressures are making a recession more likely within the next year,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons in a statement today.

Still, companies appear to be investing in North Carolina as a state where manufacturing operations can be expanded or opened.  Last month, a European firm selected a site in Gaston County for its first North American manufacturing facility.  And Max Solutions recently announced that it would construct a manufacturing facility in Concord, anticipating to hire as many as 150 workers.

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