• Swiss manufacturer to bring over 400 jobs to Orange County

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - State officials say a Swiss manufacturer is bringing more than 400 jobs to a North Carolina county.

    Gov. Roy Cooper's office announced on Wednesday that ABB, whose North American headquarters is in Cary, plans to consolidate its distribution and manufacturing hub in Mebane, about 46 miles (74 kilometers) west of Raleigh. The company will invest up to $39.9 million to upgrade equipment and increase the size of its current Orange County facility.

    ABB, which makes industrial equipment, becomes the county's largest private employer.

    According to Cooper's office, the company received an incentive package from the state worth $7.6 million. The incentive package was approved at an economic investment committee meeting in Raleigh on Wednesday.

    The minimum average wage of $70,789 is greater than Orange County's average wage of $46,112.

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