6/15/2021 3:57:00 PM Gaston County Getting Another New Industry
From left, Gaston Economic Development Commission Board Chair Robert Browne, Rep. Kelly Hastings (R-Gaston), Knoll America CEO Lothar Burger, North Carolina Department of Commerce Sec. Machelle Baker Sanders, Gaston College President Dr. John Hauser and Gaston County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Keigher.
photo courtesy of Adam Gaub, Gaston County Communications Director
Gaston County EDC
KNOLL America, Inc. has agreed to purchase approximately 12 acres within the Apple Creek Corporate Center just west of Gaston College and will construct a 60,000 square foot headquarters operation and production facility there. The new facility will also include a state-of-the-art training area, showroom, warehouse and distribution center. KNOLL says it will create approximately 31 new jobs at this location. The average annual salary for the new positions will be $51,869 creating a potential payroll impact of more than $1.6 million per year. Gaston County’s average annual salary is $42,018.
“This announcement is representative of how Gaston County continues to be a leader in the creation of advanced manufacturing jobs in the Charlotte region,” Tom Keigher, Chairman of the Gaston County Board of Commissioners said. “Like many others that chose to locate here, KNOLL America is bringing high-quality jobs that pay above our county average, which is a huge win for our residents. We welcome KNOLL America and are proud they have chosen Gaston County as the location of choice for their headquarters and production facility.”
Robert Browne, Chairman of the Gaston County Economic Development Commission, added: "We welcome KNOLL to our community and are grateful for their investment which will create quality jobs for the residents of Gaston County. I would also like to extend my deepest thanks to the Commissioners, Gaston College and the North Carolina Community College System, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the North Carolina General Assembly and the staff of the Economic Development Commission for their diligent work to make this project possible."
A performance-based grant of $75,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate KNOLL America’s expansion. 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 matching participation from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.