Air filtration company bringing 305 jobs to Wilson

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Officials announced Thursday that a Washington-based air filtration company is bringing hundreds of jobs and millions in investment to Wilson County.

“It is a great day in our community,” said Mayor Bruce Rose. “Jobs, jobs, jobs — that is what this is all about.”

Pamlico Air CEO Travis Stephenson said executives will hire a batch of employees starting in July with manufacturing beginning in the third quarter of the year and ramping up quickly. Ultimately, the eastern North Carolina company plans to create 305 jobs and invest $10 million outfitting 4811 Lamm Road into an advanced manufacturing facility for residential and commercial air filters.

“We have a deep appreciation for this business and the jobs it is creating and what that will mean for our community as it grows and prospers,” said Wilson County Chairman Rob Boyette. “With that appreciation comes an enduring commitment to this company. We’re always here to help; so please consider us as a partner. On behalf of Wilson County, we look forward to working with you and we’re at your service.”

The project garnered $750,000 in Community Development Block Grants to fund renovations of the Lamm Road facility and $250,000 from the One North Carolina Fund for equipment to support the job creation and investment. Local officials are set to approve incentives as well soon.

“We are excited that Wilson will be home to our North Carolina facility,” Stephenson said. “We have a lot of ties to eastern North Carolina, and are thankful for the support we have received from the city of Wilson and the state to make this opportunity a reality.”

He said in addition to management, the first hires will be for basic manufacturing jobs, but as the facility improves automation, employees will become higher skilled labor and the wages will rise from the $33,000 average.

“I was as please as I’ve been,” Stephenson said about seeing so many local and state officials, business leaders and residents celebrate the announcement.

Student Ja-lind J.M. Lampa contributed to this report.