If you’ve ever gotten an X-ray and had one of those heavy, protective aprons positioned in front of your body, chances are it was made by a business relocating from New York to Edgecombe County’s Fountain Industrial Park.
Founded in 1931, medical imaging company Wolf and Flow X-Ray will invest more than $4.5 million to create 68 new jobs as it relocates its headquarters and manufacturing operations from Deer Park, N.Y., about 40 miles east of New York City.
Wolf and Flow will be located in the former Blue Hawaiian building on Blue Horizon Drive in Fountain Industrial Park in the Battleboro community.
Carol Camiola, chief financial officer of Wolf and Flow X-Ray, told the Telegram that the move happened “because we wanted a better quality of life for our employees. We’re tired of the hustle and bustle and found North Carolina.”
“We are so excited to relocate to Battleboro and the City of Rocky Mount where we know our employees will have a better quality of life,” she said. “We are confident that with the help from the economic development teams and the local colleges that this project will be a great success for us all. We’re certainly looking forward to the nicer weather.”
Camiola said her grandfather, Howard “Howie” Wolf, founded the company and that her father ran the business after that.
“We’re actually in our fourth generation,” she said, noting that her son is now involved in the business.
Camiola said the move from New York will be lock, stock and barrel.
“We’ll have three or four (employees) not moving right away, but it is a complete move (of headquarters and manufacturing),” she said.
“We are excited to have a quality company like Wolf and Flow X-Ray locating in Edgecombe County,” Carolinas Gateway Partnership Vice President Oppie Jordan said.
“This is a big deal,” she added.
For more than 90 years, the Wolf family has offered the medical and dental industries seven different product lines and a catalog of more than 180 products. Wolf and Flow X-Ray holds various patents for its digital radiography and lead protection lines, including the X-ray protective apron.
The salaries will vary for the operations, shipping, administrative and management positions with the average expected annual salary for all new positions to be $36,929, creating a payroll impact of more than $2.5 million per year. Edgecombe County’s overall average annual wage is $35,732.
A performance-based grant of $200,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Wolf and Flow X-Ray’s expansion. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs.
Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
In addition to the state Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the N.C. Community College System, Edgecombe County, Electricities, Carolinas Gateway Partnership and the City of Rocky Mount.