The Durham County Commissioners approved an incentive worth up to $2.7 million for glassware maker Corning on Monday night, paving the way for the company to bring hundreds of jobs to north Durham.
Corning plans to invest $189 million to expand its manufacturing facility in north Durham and create 317 new jobs over a three-year period 269 of which would be manufacturing jobs. Corning currently has around 300 employees at its Treyburn Corporate Park facility in northern Durham County.
The Durham expansion accompanies another Corning-led expansion in eastern North Carolina in Edgecombe County, which will bring 111 new jobs over two years beginning in 2019. The Durham County expansion was contingent on the county approving the $2.7 million incentive package. The new jobs in Durham would have an average annual wage of $65,999, while the ones in Edgecombe would be $33,771.
Corning plans to use use the money to expand its Durham County manufacturing site to handle a new type of pharmaceutical packaging material called Valor glass and build an $86-million, state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Edgecombe County.
Last month, the state approved a $6 million incentive ...