Do you know how you can tell when a blogger is good at keeping a secret? When he doesn’t spill this bit of good news prematurely:
Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Cape Fear Arsenal Inc. will locate a new manufacturing facility in Robeson County. The company plans to create 150 jobs and invest more than $15.2 million over the next three years in Lumberton.
“Our state has a strong manufacturing legacy,” said Governor McCrory. “This new facility advances that legacy with an innovative process that will result in much-needed, well-paying jobs for workers in Robeson County.”
Cape Fear Arsenal is a privately-held corporation focusing on providing high quality ammunition products in the Southeast U.S. Its products will be primarily sold to law enforcement. The company also anticipates bidding on contracts for the military and state agencies.
“Cape Fear Arsenal’s decision to locate this facility in Robeson County is a big win for the region and state,” said Sharon Decker, North Carolina Secretary of Commerce. “Our commitment to spurring economic growth continues to bring good-paying, high-skilled jobs for North Carolina families.”
Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $41,559, plus benefits. The Robeson County average annual wage is $26,832.
“CFA is very appreciative of this opportunity to partner with the state of North Carolina and Robeson County, as we look to do something positive in this industry,” said CEO David Hargitt. “Without the state and local government’s outstanding support, CFA’s ability to provide these opportunities in Lumberton would not have been possible. CFA will apply innovative manufacturing technology and the highly competent Robeson County workforce to produce various calibers of pistol ammunition for an already stressed and lacking ammunition market.”
You won’t find it in the article, but there is apparently an intent on getting .223/5.56 ramped up when possible.
Robeson County would be a brilliant area in which to create a firearms research and manufacturing area similar to what Research Triangle Park (RTP) did with technology and big pharma more than 50 years ago. I’d love to see Governor McCrory and the heads of the NC State legislature compete more vocally for the gun companies behind enemy lines up north that are looking for new homes.