Manufacturing company to establish Shelby facility, create 305 jobs


SHELBY, N.C. - A company that designs and manufactures solar power mounting systems will establish a production and distribution facility in Shelby, Gov. Bev Perdue said on Monday.

Schletter, Inc. plans to create 305 jobs by the end of 2016 and invest more than $27 million in its Cleveland County facility, officials said.

"Companies like Schletter recognize that North Carolina is a great place for businesses to thrive because of our top-notch business climate and incredibly well-trained workforce," said Perdue.  "We're going to continue leveraging North Carolina's tremendous assets as we keep working to expand jobs here."

Schletter is a manufacturer of a mix of products, including solar mounting systems for small to utility scale applications, waste management solutions and customized bracket manufacturing. 

Schletter, with its only U.S. production facility in Arizona, currently supplies 25 percent of all solar mounting systems produced and delivered in the U.S. 

The new facility in Shelby, which will serve as the production and distribution hub of Schletter's East Coast operations, will house all functions required to produce the company's eight types of solar mounting systems. 

Officials said compensation will vary by job function, but the average compensation for the new positions is expected to be $40,660 plus benefits. The average annual wage in Cleveland County is $32,760.

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