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Ontic Engineering announces expansion, new job creation

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BUTNER — Ontic Engineering and Manufacturing Inc., a global aerospace company, will create 126 new jobs in Granville County, Gov. Roy Cooper announced last Friday. The manufacturer will invest $2.7 million to expand their facility in Butner.

"Today, we celebrate National Manufacturing Day, with another global manufacturer selecting North Carolina to expand their operations," Gov. Cooper said. "Ontic Engineering and Manufacturing's decision is a confirmation to our great quality of life, excellent business climate, and strong manufacturing workforce."

Although salaries will vary depending on the position, the average wage for all new positions could reach up to $55,149. The current average annual wage in Granville County is $40,932.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce led the state's support for the company's decision.

"The strong support and engaging business climate we have seen to date from the state continues to affirm that North Carolina was the right strategic choice for expanding Ontic's global manufacturing and services footprint," said Gareth Hall, president and managing director of Ontic Engineering and Manufacturing Inc. "We continue to be impressed with abilities and performance of our team here in Butner and look forward to aggressively growing our business here with additional investments in people, factory infrastructure, and intellectual property."

With locations in the United States, Europe and Asia, Ontic provides FAA, CAAS, CAAC, TCCA, DCA, EASA Part 21 and 145 original equipment manufacturer support for civil and military markets. Their portfolio of more than 6,500 maturing and legacy aircraft parts are licensed or acquired from major OEMs such as Honeywell, UTC Aerospace, Safran, Curtiss-Wright, GE Aviation and Thales.

Ontic's project in Butner will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant approved by the state's Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Over the course of the 12-year term of this grant, the project is estimated to grow the state's economy by $413 million. Using a formula that takes into account the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $1,386,900 spread over 12 years. State payments only occur following performance verification by the departments of Commerce and Revenue that the company has met its incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIG projects result in positive net tax revenue to the state treasury, even after taking into consideration the grant's reimbursement payments to a given company.

"Ontic Engineering and Manufacturing's expansion is a great win for our state," said Rep. Larry Yarborough, who represents Granville and Person counties. "Granville County is ready with a capable workforce near a robust transportation infrastructure to support their global operations."

In addition to North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, Granville County and Granville County Economic Development Department, North Carolina Community College System, Duke Energy, Vance-Granville Community College, Granville County Schools and the town of Butner.