Non-Woven Media Manufacturer Selects Washington, N.C.

RALEIGH – Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that ProNamic Industries, a non-woven media manufacturer, will locate its operations in Beaufort County.  The company plans to create 52 jobs and invest more than $8.5 million over the next three years in Washington.

“ProNamic Industries is a great fit for North Carolina and Beaufort County,” said Governor McCrory.  “We’re focusing on recruiting companies and growing jobs in key economic sectors so our state has what it takes for businesses to succeed, and advanced manufacturing is high on that list.”

ProNamic Industries is a raw material provider to the filtration industry. The company also provides media solutions to the air filtration industry. ProNamic Industries plans to acquire a facility in the Beaufort County Industrial Park.

“North Carolina has the highly skilled workforce that companies need to be competitive in a global economy,” said Sharon Decker, N.C. Secretary of Commerce. “ProNamic Industries’ decision to locate in Beaufort County will provide employment opportunities for an area that was hit hard by the recession.”

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual salaries for the new jobs will be $31,192, plus benefits.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $156,000. The grant is contingent upon proof of job creation and receipt of a local funding match. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state.Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds.

“ProNamic Industries will make an excellent addition to Beaufort County,” said Sen. Bill Cook. “Our strong workforce and business-friendly climate helped create the ideal location for ProNamic Industries and we are excited to welcome them here.”

“Companies know our workforce is second to none. We must continue to support our education and job training programs that make North Carolina a great place to do business,” said Rep. Paul Tine. “I’m sure ProNamic’s employees will enjoy the great quality of life in Washington and throughout eastern North Carolina.”

Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Beaufort County, Town of Washington and the Beaufort County Economic Development Commission.