At a time in our economy when we are hearing a great deal about layoffs and downsizing, it is refreshing to learn that more jobs will be coming to North Carolina. Clearwater Paper Corporation recently was made aware that they would receive up to $4 million in state incentives to help build a new 672,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution facility in Shelby. The facility will be built on 100 acres in the Cleveland County Industrial Park West on Washburn Switch Road.
Clearwater Paper manufactures quality paperboard, consumer tissue and wood products. The corporation is based out of Spokane, WA but has facilities located throughout the United States, and looks forward to building their newest one in Shelby. Clearwater Paper has plans to invest $260 million into the construction of the facility, and will hire 250 new employees over the next five years. The facility will manufacture private-label tissue products for retail grocery chains in the Southeast and along the East Coast. Once at full capacity the site will produce 70,000 tons of bathroom tissue and household towels per year. Production is expected to start the second half of 2011.
The average salary for the expected 250 new employees will be in the $38,000 range, which is higher than Cleveland County’s average of $31,200. The company itself is set to earn up to $3.48 million in Job Development Investment Grant incentives, as well as $500,000 in One North Carolina Fund incentives.