Over 200 jobs coming to Catawba County business

by: Dave Faherty Updated:

CATAWBA COUNTY - Gov. Pat McCrory announced 228 jobs are coming to a local business Newton.

An auto-parts maker is receiving millions from the state and Catawba County to upgrade its facility and add positions.

Eyewitness News reporter Dave Faherty attended the announcement Tuesday afternoon at the GKN Driveline plant near Maiden. 

The company already employs more than 700 workers in Catawba County. Not only is it adding jobs, but also investing millions of dollars in a county hard hit by job losses.

The jobs will be added during the next few years as the company invests more than $100 million at the facility.

The governor spoke about the importance of bringing more manufacturing jobs to North Carolina and expanding companies currently in the state.

GKN is the world’s leading supplier of automotive driveline components. We had a chance to talk to one of the workers during a tour Tuesday afternoon.

“I’ve been working here for 29 years and this area and the people are awesome. I think it is awesome for the community and awesome for the people here,” said employee Mark Rex.

If the company makes all 228 hires it will be eligible for nearly $4 million in tax breaks. The average starting salary for the jobs is under $40,000.