Corning prepares to construct new warehouse


Staff Writer

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The other big announcement made toward the end of last year in Edgecombe County besides Triangle Tire was New York-based Corning Inc. announcing plans to come to the Twin Counties.

During the press conference, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Corning will create 428 jobs over three years in North Carolina as the company announced plans to create 317 jobs in Durham County from a $189 million expansion of its manufacturing operations in Durham, while also building a $86 million warehouse facility in Edgecombe County that will create 111 new jobs.

Joseph Dunning, manager of corporate sustainability communications at Corning Inc., said groundbreaking of the Edgecombe County warehouse is pending upon the completion of the county’s re-zoning and land conveyancing process. The facility will be built on 150 acres at the intersection of U.S. 64 Alternate and Dunbar Road, also known as New Hope Church Road.

Dunning said Corning plans to be operational in the facility by the fourth quarter of 2019 and expects to begin hiring in the second half of 2019.

Dunning said Corning looks forward to working with Edgecombe Community College in developing a strong, vibrant workforce for many years to come. The average salary at the Edgecombe County facility will be nearly $35,000 a year, which is a little higher than the county’s average of around $32,000 a year.

“Corning frequently collaborates with community colleges located near plant sites to provide training that helps develop a high-skilled workforce,” Dunning said. “Community colleges often tailor curriculum aimed at honing the skill-set of employees, or prospective employees, that ultimately benefits the workers, company and the community.”

Dunning said Corning is known as one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science with a more than 165-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning’s markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display technology, automotive and life sciences vessels.

Corning’s industry-leading products include damage-resistent cover glass for mobile devices, precision glass for advanced displays, optical fiber, wireless technologies and connectivity solutions for state-of-the-art communications networks, trusted products to accelerate drug discovery and delivery and clean-air technologies for cars and trucks, Dunning said.

“The Edgecombe County warehouse facility will initially support growth from Corning’s Life Sciences Vessels businesses, such as the Corning Valor product line,” Dunning said. “In the future, the facility could potentially support growth from other Corning businesses in North Carolina and elsewhere.”

Dunning said Corning considered several locations in North Carolina and other states for the warehouse facility. A lot of analysis and careful consideration went into selecting a site, he added.

“North Carolina was a great choice given our rich and successful history here dating back to 1966 when we located our first optical fiber facility in Wilmington,” he said. “We then narrowed locations down and chose Edgecombe County because of the benefits it offered, such as a highly-skilled and dedicated workforce, the infrastructure, educational system, the quality of life and the business-friendly environment that makes it especially welcoming for Corning.”