Kernersville, NC-- The most joyful noise these days is hearing good news about jobs.
North Carolina hit that note Friday when Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corporation announce it will expand its operations in Kernersville. That means at least 340 jobs will be created by the end of 2016.
Deere-Hitachi one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of excavators in the Americas will also invest more than $97 million in its Forsyth County facility.
Governor Bev Perdue was on hand for the announcement and had this to say, "Companies like Deere-Hitachi recognize that North Carolina is a great place to thrive because of our top-notch business climate, incredibly well-trained workforce, and central location with access to customers and transportation channels," said Gov. Perdue. "When the company was ready to expand, North Carolina was the perfect choice."
Compensation will vary by job function, but the average pay is expected to be $42,102 plus benefits. The average annual wage in Forsyth County is $42,588.
Other partners who assisted with this announcement include: The N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, N.C. Ports, N.C. Department of Transportation, Forsyth County, Town of Kernersville, Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Forsyth Tech Community College, Duke Energy, Golden LEAF Foundation and the Norfolk Southern Railroad.
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