CHARLOTTE  – A heavy equipment manufacturer will create a warehouse and distribution center near the Port of Wilmington.

SANY America, the U.S. subsidiary of the Beijing-based parent company, will launch operations in January at the Industrial Realty Group’s 532,427-square-foot facility.

SANY America estimates to create 50 jobs, which will ramp up over time, according to the announcement from Wilmington Business Development.

“SANY America is excited to be coming to the Wilmington area as part of our expansion in the North American market. The location near the port, capabilities of the facility and local community were all factors that exceeded our expectations and led to our selection of Wilmington Business Park,” says SANY America CEO Qingwei Xu, in a statement by Wilmington Business Development, which oversees economic recruitment for the city and New Hanover and Pender counties.

The legacy manufacturing facility, known as Wilmington Business Park, formerly housed Terex Cranes and Vertex Rail. SANY America has signed a long-term lease for the property, which includes 20 cranes, industrial-quality power, and internal and direct rail service.

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