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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.