Nordfab Announces $5.5 Million Expansion Project

Thomasville, NC, USA – Nordfab, a manufacturer of dust collection ducting, will create approximately 25 additional jobs in Davidson County, Governor Roy Cooper announced February 17. The company will invest more than $5.5 million to expand its ductwork manufacturing operation in the city of Thomasville, NC.

“Manufacturers continue to thrive in North Carolina,” said Governor Cooper.  “Companies appreciate the state’s investments in workforce development and infrastructure, and Nordfab’s expansion shows once again that these investments pay off in new jobs and a growing economy.”

Founded in 1979, Nordfab is the largest American manufacturer of clamp-together ducting used in dust collection / process ventilation installations in a wide variety of industries, including the woodworking industry where Nordfab’s Quick-Fit® Ducting brand was introduced in 1990. Nordfab products are distributed by a network of authorized dealers across the world.

Expansion of the Thomasville location will increase Nordfab Americas manufacturing footprint to 180,000 square feet of production and warehouse space. Included in the project with the additional product storage / production space are a rooftop solar array and additional material handling automation.

The company's new positions will include assembly personnel, engineers, management and support staff. Although the wages will vary for each position, the average annual salary for the new positions is $45,840 with the potential to create an annual payroll impact of more than $1.1 million per year. Davidson County’s overall average annual wage is $45,117.

“This expansion project helps us to meet our goals of becoming the Davidson County Employer of Choice and to launch our Nordfab Now™ program. When implemented, the Nordfab Now program will allow next day shipment of standard ductwork in dust collection systems designed using our award-winning installation design software, Quick-Fit Visual®.” said Erik Olshall, Nordfab Americas president.

A performance-based grant of $50,000 from the One North Carolina Fund as well as a State Building Reuse Grant will assist with Nordfab’s expansion in North Carolina. 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 a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met. The State Building Reuse program provides grants to develop older vacant or occupied buildings in order to attract new or expanding business.

State Building Reuse grant recipients must have been operating in NC for at least 12 months​, must meet the weekly wage standard​, and must provide at least 50% of cost for benefits to employees​.

The planned rooftop solar system of 1,050 kW will produce an estimated 1,417 Megawatt hours of electricity per year.  This will cover roughly 47% of the estimated energy consumption at this location and will also reduce Nordfab's carbon footprint by 1,004 metric tons.  This is the equivalent of 218 passenger cars being taken off the road or the energy needed to power 121 homes for a year. Solar project manager, Green State Power, is a full service renewable energy company based in Greensboro, NC. Will Stewart, president of Green State Power stated, "This investment in solar energy shows Nordfab's commitment to sustainability and Green State Power is excited to be a part of the team."

By installing over 1 Megawatt of solar, Nordfab will have one of the top 5 largest rooftop solar installations in the Triad.

For Further Information, Contact:
Lynda Smith
Marketing Communications Manager
Phone: +1-336-821-0840
Nordfab Ducting LLC
150 Transit Avenue
Thomasville NC 27360

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