RALEIGH – An Australian environmental cleanup company is coming to North Carolina, picking Statesville for its first U.S. plant and 226 jobs.

North Carolina’s Economic Investment Committee voted Tuesday to award EPOC Enviro some $1.6 million in state incentives.

The firm says it will create jobs paying an average wage of more than $64,000. It also plans to invest more than $4 million in the facility.

EPOC targets pollutants known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

According to the EPA:

  • PFAS are widely used, long lasting chemicals, components of which break down very slowly over time.
  • Because of their widespread use and their persistence in the environment, many PFAS are found in the blood of people and animals all over the world and are present at low levels in a variety of food products and in the environment.
  • PFAS are found in water, air, fish, and soil at locations across the nation and the globe.

Incentives include more than $1.2 million in rebates of state income tax withholding if job targets are met.

In addition to community college training valued at $360,000, local incentives total $200,00.