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Work Underway in N.C. for United Furniture Expansion

Upholstery producer United Furniture Inds. is in the midst of expanding its operations in Winston-Salem and plans to create 200 new jobs and invest $5.2 million over the next three years.

The company is in the midst of renovating a historic plant in Winston-Salem for a manufacturing and distribution hub. United, based in Okolona, Miss., currently employs 940 people in North Carolina, at facilities in Davidson, Lexington and Forsyth counties. 

“United Furniture Industries is pleased to announce our continued expansion in North Carolina at the former Hanes Mill Weeks facility,” said Larry George, president of United Furniture. “I would like to thank all those individuals and organizations at both the state and local level, who have contributed time and effort to this project. We look forward to expanding manufacturing activities to this facility.”

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $300,000. The One North Carolina Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.

“This is a significant expansion by United Furniture Inds. and adds to the large workforce the company already has in North Carolina,” said N.C. Pat Gov. McCrory. “We continue to work day-in and day-out to not only bring new businesses to North Carolina, but to help those that are already here expand and create even more jobs. I am also happy that United Furniture Inds. will revitalize the historic Weeks plant as part of this project.” 

Salaries for the new jobs will vary by job function, but the annual payroll for the new jobs will be about $5.7 million.

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