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Pöppelmann Plastics to create 133 new jobs in Catawba County, North Carolina

Christian Fernsby |
German plastic fabricator Pöppelmann Plastics USA LLC will create 133 new jobs in Catawba County, North Carolina.

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The company will invest more than $19.2 million to increase its manufacturing campus in the City of Claremont.

For more than 70 years, the family wned and operated, Pöppelmann Plastics has grown to be a leading manufacturer of plastic components and parts with more than 2,500 employees worldwide.

The U.S. division of the company opened in 2007 in North Carolina with a focus on plastic pots and cultivation systems for the commercial horticulture industry. This expansion will increase Pöppelmann’s manufacturing capacity to accommodate its automotive production line by 100,000 square feet.

The company’s new positions include machine operators, maintenance technicians, warehouse personnel, and administrative staff. Although wages will vary, the average annual salary for all new positions is $44,827, creating a potential payroll impact of $5 million annually for the region. The overall average annual wage in Catawba County is $43,920.

A performance-based grant of $200,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help with Pöppelmann’s expansion in North Carolina. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs.

Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

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