Furniture Manufacturer to bring 384 jobs, $35.3M investment to Person County

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Plastic furniture manufacturer Polywood has picked Person County over Indiana, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia for a 384-job campus.

In exchange for its commitment to bring to Roxboro a full manufacturing and distribution center for outdoor furniture, the state has approved Polywood for up to $3.3 million in incentives spread over 12 years, with the community college system planning to pony up training for the company. And Person County is offering about $1 million to entice Polywood’s investment.

On top of a manufacturing operation, Polywood’s $35 million project will include a plastics recycling center, which will accept, repurpose and offer for resale plastic materials.

“Bringing good jobs to rural communities like Person County is essential to helping all of North Carolina thrive,” said Governor Cooper. “Innovative companies like Polywood show how North Carolina’s furniture industry can continue to adapt and succeed, thanks to our strong workforce.”

Polywood started in 1990 by taking milk jugs and recycling them into plastic lumber furniture. The company is currently headquartered in Syracuse, Indiana.

“We are excited about opening our new full scale production campus in North Carolina,” said Polywood Chief Executive Officer Doug Rassi. “The skilled manufacturing workforce, high level of information technology and growth potential in the state make it an excellent choice for our expansion. We look forward to building long term relationships in both the local community of Roxboro and the state.”

Specific salaries of the jobs Polywood will create are unknown. However, the company said the average salary will be above the Person County average of $38,875.

Article & Video Source: WRAL & Triangle Business Journal