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Mitsubishi Nuclear to add 135 jobs in Charlotte

Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems plans to open an engineering center in Charlotte and create 135 high-paying jobs over the next five years.

This morning, state officials approved giving the Japanese company up to $2.9 million in incentives if it meets hiring and investment targets.

The company will pay average annual salaries of $102,454. Mitsubishi also considered expansion in South Carolina.

The Charlotte center will help build nuclear plants in the United States.

Gov. Bev Perdue plans to make an announcement about new jobs in Charlotte this morning.

Charlotte is making a concerted effort to turn itself into a hub for energy-related companies.

Mitsubishi joins a number of other engineering and design firms that already have a presence in the ciy, including The Shaw Group, AREVA NP, Toshiba, Westinghouse, Fluor, Siemens and URS.

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Study says nuclear industry supports 19,000 high-paying jobs in Carolinas

The nuclear energy industry directly employs nearly 19,000 people in the Carolinas who are paid $1.6 billion a year, according to an economic impact study out today.

The study, commissioned by an industry group, notes that most workers directly employed in the nuclear field earn $75,000 to $100,000 a year, The Charlotte Observer reports. Counting indirectly-related jobs, it says the industry employs 37,330 people with a $2.3 billion payroll.

The study, prepared by Clemson University's University Center for Economic Development, was paid for by AdvanceSC, created by Duke Energy to support economic development in South Carolina.

After a decades-long lull, six new reactors are planned in the Carolinas, including at Progress Energy's Shearon Harris facility in southwest Wake County.

If new nuclear plants are built, the study said, as many as 54,000 construction jobs could be created over the next 20 years. Another 17,000 jobs would be filled to operate the plants and work in related industries, the study said.

Read the full Charlotte Observer report here.

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