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ROCKY MOUNT — Armorock LLC, the world’s largest manufacturer of polymer concrete structures, will establish a new manufacturing facility in Edgecombe County, creating 55 jobs, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday.
The company plans to invest $6.6 million in Rocky Mount’s Battleboro community in order to be closer to its growing customer base in the Southeast.
“Armorock is the latest example of a global manufacturer choosing North Carolina because it is the right fit for their business,” Cooper said. “North Carolina wins jobs based on a number of reasons, but most important is the strong workforce to support business growth.”
Armorock Founders have been in the business of manufacturing wastewater collection structures for more than 50 years. The company’s rigid polymer concrete structures can withstand H2S corrosion unlike coated or lined traditional precast products. In addition to meeting all engineering requirements, Armorock’s products are affordable and sustainable, two criteria critical for municipalities needing to upgrade existing sewer systems and new projects.
“Armorock is excited to manufacture our sustainable corrosion proof sewer structures here in North Carolina. Locating here will reduce costs for the local infrastructure CIP projects and accelerate revenue growth. We are confident in the world-class workforce available to us in Edgecombe County. We look forward to growing roots here and building trust with our local team and community. We are grateful for the warm welcome extended to us,” said Vince Bussio, president of Armorock.
“We welcome Armorock to North Carolina’s growing roster of manufacturing companies,” said Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “From around the globe, North Carolina’s reputation as an outstanding business location is well known.”
Although wages will vary depending on the position, the average for all the new positions could reach up to $52,577. The current average annual wage in Edgecombe County is $35,732.
A performance-based grant of $200,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Armorock’s move into Edgecombe County. The 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 N.C. grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
“We’re very pleased that Armorock has selected our region for their newest manufacturing facility,” said state Sen. Milton “Toby” Fitch, D-Wilson. “We welcome them and look forward to working with the company’s executives to help them find success in Edgecombe County.”
“Many people and local organizations pulled together to help this company locate to our region,” said state Rep. Shelly Willingham, D-Edgecombe. “We’re proud of this collaboration and stand ready to assist Armorock as they begin to grow in North Carolina.”
In addition to North Carolina Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Carolinas Gateway Partnership, N.C. Department of Transportation, Edgecombe County and the city of Rocky Mount.