Corning to build distribution center


Gov. Roy Cooper announces that Corning, Inc. will be building a global distribution center in Edgecombe County on Wednesday at Keihin Auditorium at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro.


Staff Writer

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

TARBORO — A world leading innovator in material science is investing more than $80 million to build a warehouse facility in Edgecombe County that will create more than 100 new jobs.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that New-York based manufacturer Corning, Inc. will invest $86 million in Edgecombe County to build a global distribution center. Norris Tolson, CEO and president of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership, said the company will create 149 new jobs in Edgecombe County.

Overall, Corning will create a total of 428 jobs and $275 million in investment over three years in North Carolina. Corning is planning to invest $189 million for its manufacturing operations facility in Durham that will create more than 300 new jobs in Durham County. Company officials said the jobs will provide future support for the company’s new pharmaceutical glass packaging product, Valor Glass, and potential growth from other Corning businesses in North Carolina and elsewhere.

“Corning knows firsthand that our state’s talented workforce and ideal location provide clear advantages for a growing company,” Cooper said. “This decision to bring new jobs to both Eastern North Carolina and the Triangle demonstrates confidence in workers in both the rural and urban parts of our state to produce and distribute this groundbreaking new product.”

Cooper said Edgecombe County could receive even bigger economic development news early next week, but wouldn’t disclose what is coming to the area. The reports are that a major company could be bringing more than $500 million in investment and as many as 800 jobs to the Kingsboro Megasite. Tolson said the new Corning facility would be located adjacent to Kingsboro.