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German manufacturer to expand Huntersville factory

HUNTERSVILLE — A German-based maker of fabrics used to make strong but lightweight composite materials is expanding its North Carolina plant and adding nearly 180 jobs.

Gov. Beverly Perdue announced Tuesday that SAERTEX USA will expand its Huntersville factory, investing more than $6 million and hiring nearly 180 workers over the next three years. The Mecklenburg County factory now employs 126.

SAERTEX produces fabrics that are layered to create composite products used by the wind energy, aerospace, auto and shipbuilding industries.

The company will receive a $110,000 grant from taxpayers through the One North Carolina Fund, which requires local governments to match the award.

The new jobs will pay an average of about $42,000 a year, below the county average of $48,776.

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