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Technimark will expand Asheboro headquarters and create 30 jobs

Technimark, which makes plastic moldings for consumer packaging, cosmetics and medical devices, said today that it is expanding its facility in Randolph County and adding 30 jobs over the next four years.

The company will invest $20 million at its Asheboro headquarters, where it currently employs 639. 

The average annual wage for the new jobs will be $61,333, plus benefits. The Randolph County average is $29,952.

Technimark is receiving a $60,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.
Technimark has 10 manufacturing locations in the U.S., Germany, Mexico and China.

Americhem to add 71 jobs in Randolph County

An Ohio company that makes color and additive solutions for the polymer industry plans to expand in Randolph County and add 71 jobs over the next three years.

Americhem will open a manufacturing campus in Liberty, about 65 miles west of Raleigh. The company will receive a state grant worth up to $225,000 if it meets hiring goals, Gov. Bev Perdue's office announced today. That incentive requires a matching local grant.

The new jobs will pay average annual salaries of $35,437. The Randolph County average annual wage is $29,172.

Auto parts maker to create 96 jobs in Randolph County

Ernie Green Industries Inc., a plastics manufacturer and supplier of automotive parts, said today that it will open a plastic molding and assembly facility in Randolph County.  

The company plans to create 96 jobs and invest $1.75 million during the next three years at the former Moll Industries facility in Seagrove. 

The average annual wage for the new jobs will be $30,975 not including benefits, above the Randolph County average of $29,172.

EGI is receiving an $80,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

Why food plants are replacing textile plants in some NC counties

As textile plants have continued to close across North Carolina, the state is seeing a number of food producers step in and open or expand facilities in those areas of the state.

The latest to do so is Reser's Fine Foods, which announced this week it is expanding its presence in Halifax County and adding 500 new jobs over five years.

One of the byproducts of the decline in textile manufacturing in the state is that a number of counties now find themselves with an abundance of water and sewer capacity not being used.

If there's one thing textile manufacturers and food processing plants have in common it's that they both require a lot of water and sewer capacity to operate their businesses.

Ed Reser, CEO of Reser's Fine Foods, said this week that among the reasons his company picked Halifax in 2000 was its abundance of water and sewer capacity.

In Randolph County, where cereal-maker Malt-O-Meal has opened a plant, economic development officials are using their water and sewer capacity as a major selling point in trying to land food processing companies.

Shooting of UNC-CH frat president justified, DA says

The fatal shooting of a UNC Chapel Hill fraternity president was justified, Randolph County District Attorney Garland Yates said today.

In a news release, Yates said the Archdale police officer who shot and killed Courtland Smith in the early hours of Aug. 23 did so because he believed he faced "an imminent use of deadly force."

Police pulled Smith over on Interstate 85 in Archdale because he had called 911 saying he wanted to kill himself. He told the 911 operator he was drunk and had a gun.

"It is clear from all the evidence that Officer J.P. Flinchum reasonably believed that he and Officer Jones were in imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury when [Flinchum] shot Courtland Smith," Yates said in the release.

Yates said that Smith acted aggressively towards the two officers, leading them to assume he had a weapon behind his back.

"Mr. Smith aggressively advanced on the officers, forcing them to retreat to the rear of their patrol cars twice," Yates said. "He ignored officers' repeated and clear orders to stop advancing on them and to show his hands."

Smith was a junior studying biology. He was president of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, where he was partying before driving to Archdale. The fraternity has been sanctioned for the party because alcohol was present.

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