A Chicago metal processor announced Monday that it will expand its facility in Wayne County and create 44 jobs over the next three years.
Joseph Ryerson & Sons plans to invest $3 million to move into a second building that will be part of its fabrication facility in Pikeville, about 60 miles southeast of Raleigh.
The company will receive a $100,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund if it meets hiring and investment goals.
The new jobs will pay an average wage of $33,540. The Wayne County average is $29,848.
Ryerson, which has service centers in Charlotte, Greensboro and Youngsville, processes and distributes various metals, including stainless and carbon steel, aluminum products, brass and copper.
It sells the metals in sheets, coils and other shapes to customers.
Ryerson also makes parts for rail cars, heavy equipment, agricultural equipment, wind turbines and other industries.