Manufacturer Cites Solid Workforce Base as Contributing Reason for N.C. Location Decision.

The Marco Company plans to create 100 jobs in Jamesville.


[North Carolina Office of the Governor]

WILLIAMSTON—Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that The Marco Company, a leading manufacturer of retail display equipment, will locate a new facility in Martin County. The company plans to create 100 jobs and invest $190,000 over the next three years in Jamesville.

“My first priority is creating jobs,” said Gov. Perdue. “Our skilled workforce and strong business climate continue to be attractive to manufacturers like The Marco Company.”

Marco Display Specialists, which operates as The Marco Company, is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The Marco Company is a family-owned organization originally established to fulfill merchandising needs of the supermarket industry. The company has diversified its product line to service the entire retail industry.

“Due in large part to the diligent efforts of the various N.C. Economic Development organizations, including Gov. Perdue’s office and our experience with other operations here in the state, we at The Marco Company are very excited to be expanding operations to the Martin County area,” said Darin  Dougherty, Operations Manager at The Marco Company. “When we started our search for an expansion location, we decided that we wanted to find a community that would be receptive to industry and had a solid workforce base.  With all of the hard work and great communication with the Martin County officials, we feel we have found a great community to call home.”

Salaries will vary by job function, but the total payroll for the new jobs will be nearly $2.5 million. The project was made possible in part by a $200,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

The One North Carolina 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.  These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.

“Marco recognized what companies across the nation continue to see,” said Rep. Edith Warren, of Farmville. “They recognize that North Carolina has a history of investing in education to produce an educated, skilled workforce.”

“North Carolina has made smart investments in education, but also in our transportation system and critical infrastructure across the state,” said Sen. Clark Jenkins, of Tarboro. “Companies like Marco know we have created an environment where they can grow and thrive.”

North Carolina continues to have a top-ranked business climate. Through Gov. Perdue’s JobsNOW initiative, the state works aggressively to create jobs, train and retrain its workforce, and lay the foundation for a strong and sustainable economic future.

Through use of the One North Carolina Fund, more than 60,000 jobs and $11 billion in investment have been created since 2001. Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, N.C. State University Industrial Extension Service, Martin County, Town of Jamesville, N.C. Northeast Commission, Golden LEAF Foundation and the Martin County Economic Development Commission.

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