$36 Million Textile Plant to Create 150 New Jobs in Cleveland County

GROVER, N.C. -- Uniquetex, a joint venture of two Chinese textile-related manufacturers, is building its first U.S. production facility in Grover, North Carolina, where it plans to invest $31.6 million and hire 150 people. Uniquetex manufactures nonwoven fabrics for use by medical and health care providers, as well as other industries. The company is a joint venture between Foshan Nanhai Beautiful Nonwoven Co., one of China’s largest nonwoven textile businesses, and Wenzhou Chaolong Textile Machinery Co., a Zhejiang, China-based developer of equipment and technologies for nonwoven textile manufacturing.
 
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“Textile manufacturing is one of North Carolina’s greatest traditional industries, and it is still growing,” said Gov. Pat McCrory. “Our state is the ideal destination for globally positioned, innovation-driven textile companies like Uniquetex.”

Uniquetex intends to fill jobs that include machine operators, technicians, customer service representatives and others. Salaries will vary by position but will average $36,313 per year. Cleveland County’s overall average wage is currently $35,885 per year.

“We are extremely excited to start up our first U.S. operations in Cleveland County, N.C. The combination of a skilled workforce, access for quality transportation infrastructure and the pro-business attitude of the community is what attracted us here,” said Benny Deng, company CEO/president.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant of up to $800,000 from the One North Carolina Fund. 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. One NC grants also require and are contingent on financial matches from local governments.

“Congratulations to this promising international company on its choice of Cleveland County for this important investment,” said North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore. “I look forward to working with Gov. McCrory and Secretary Skvarla to ensure our state has the tools to make our manufacturing economy even stronger.”

“Cleveland County is a welcoming environment for great companies from all over the world,” said state Sen. Warren Daniel. “We look forward to Uniquetex joining our business community.”

Numerous state and local allies worked with Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and the North Carolina Department of Commerce in supporting Uniquetex’s location plans. They include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Cleveland County, the Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership and Gardner Webb University.