O'Neil Digital Solutions Will Invest $140M in New 120,000-Square-Foot NC Facility
MONROE, NC—April 28, 2015—O'Neil Digital Solutions, headquartered in Los Angeles, plans to invest $140 million into a new 120,000-square-foot facility in the Monroe Corporate Center based here, according to the Charlotte Business Journal. The facility, which was formerly the Safran Turbomeca helicopter-engine plant, will house a print management, warehouse and fulfillment center.
The Business Journal revealed that the new location is said to bring 250 jobs to the area, and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said the project will require a $90.7 million investment over the next five years. Some of the positions that will be available will include, sales, clerical and machine operators.
According to an article in The Jacksonville Daily News on the company's expansion, salaries will vary by job, but the average annual salary for these new jobs will be $58,819—which exceeds the the average annual salary for Union County of $38,730. Jim Lucanish, president of O'Neil Digital, told the Daily News, "We are very pleased to become part of the community of Union County and the city of Monroe. One of the largest factors in our choice to come to North Carolina along with its location, and I know it's a cliche', but people make a business. And great people is what we found here."
McCrory further commented on O'Neil's expansion effort in the Daily News, "O’Neil Digital’s decision to locate in Union County demonstrates to companies across the nation of the advantages of doing business in North Carolina. With Union County workers, O’Neil Digital Solutions will not only grow, but thrive."
The Daily News reported that the project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $2.25 million.
A "huge win," was how Chris Platé, the executive director of Monroe-Union County Economic Development, described O'Neil's plan and what it will mean for the community. "It adds further diversity and brings another company paying significant wages to improve our overall community," he said in a news release.