Manufacturer bolstering presence here with 200-job expansion

HICKORY, N.C. — A manufacturer with a major presence throughout North Carolina is making a significant investment to expand again in the Charlotte region.

Corning Optical Communications, part of Corning Inc., was approved for state incentives this week for an expansion in Hickory. It will add a second optical cable manufacturing facility at Trivium Corporate Center, in addition to expanding an existing facility there. Corning will invest $150 million by the end of next year on both projects, creating 200 jobs.

The positions would have an average annual wage of $55,000, state leaders said during a meeting of the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Economic Investment Committee.

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