Manufacturer to expand operation in Lenoir County

POSTED: 11:17 PM Aug 29 2013   UPDATED: 6:43 PM Aug 30 2013
KINSTON, LENOIR COUNTY -

A company that makes products used for remodeling and new construction is expanding its operations in Lenoir County and says it plans to create 252 new jobs.

Associated Materials Inc. announced its plans Thursday, adding that it plans to invest more than $5 million over the next five years in Kinston.

"It was big for associated materials to step out and do that and we were fortunate enough to be a part of that in Lenoir County," said Mark Pope, the Executive Director for the Lenoir County Center for Economic Development. "They're part of the manufacturing process. The do Vinyl windows, siding, they're part of the housing industry."

The company is the parent of several North American manufacturing and distribution operations, including Alside Window Company, one of Kinston's largest employers.  Its products and services target both the remodeling and new construction markets in the continental United States and Canada, serving the needs of contractors, builders, remodelers and architects.

Pope said employees for the new positions will likely undergo training at local community colleges.

Some even think new jobs in the area could have a positive economic impact on the community.

"The jobs help everyone, from the hotels to the restaurants to the brewery," Stephen Hill said. Hill is both a co-owner for Mother Earth Brewing Company and the Chairman of the board for Kinston's Chamber of Commerce.

Hill hopes new jobs will bring more families into the area.

Associated Materials currently employs more than 540 people in North Carolina.