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Strap manufacturer to add 34 jobs in Clinton

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A company that makes packaging straps plans to expand its production facility in Clinton, and create 34 jobs during the next three years.

DuBose Strapping will receive a state grant worth up to $138,000 if it meets hiring and investment milestones, Gov. Bev Perdue's office announced today.

The company opened its Clinton operation in 1991 and now employs 93 people. The facility is located in Sampson County, about 65 miles south of Raleigh.

The new jobs will pay average annual wages of $43,176. That's higher than the Sampson County average of $28,964.

DuBose will add equipment to make plastic straps, which will complement the steel straps the Clinton facility already makes.

“With the state and local government’s help we will be able to expand our business at home and provide great opportunity for 34 Sampson County families,” CEO Charles DuBose Jr. said in a prepared statement. “This is just the first phase in our long term plan for growth, which we are happy will now take place in North Carolina.”

The state's One North Carolina grant requires matching local incentive money. DuBose also considered expanding in South Carolina.

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Assistant Business Editor Alan M. Wolf joined the N&O in 1999 covering the business of health care. He became an editor in 2001, and helps oversee the paper's daily business coverage and Sunday Work&Money section. He lives in Clayton with his wife and two children. Reach him at 919-829-4572 or e-mail him.