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Pamlico Air will add 249 workers during the next three years at its manufacturing facility at 280 Woodland Church Road.

Pamlico Air, a national air filtration manufacturing company, announced Wednesday plans to invest $6.6 million and add 249 jobs within three years at its facility on Woodland Church Road.

The new jobs, which include assemblers, boxers, quality inspectors, material handlers, maintenance workers, cleaners, schedulers and checkpoint counters, will pay between $25,000 to $45,000 a year, said Mark Pope, Wayne County Development Alliance president.

An estimated 160 jobs will be added by the end of the year and the remaining 89 positions will be added during the next 24 months, Pope said.

The Wayne County Development Alliance, a nonprofit that focuses on economic development in Wayne County, and the N.C. Global TransPark Economic Development Region, held a ribbon cutting and luncheon at the plant, at 280 Woodland Church Road, following the announcement that drew close to 80 people.

Harry Smith, Pamlico Air CEO, said he is excited the company was able to choose Goldsboro as a location for an additional manufacturing facility for the company, which has manufacturing facilities in Wilson and the town of Washington, as well as sites in Texas, Florida, and Nevada.

The company opened in the summer with more than 400 jobs in the former Cooper Standard manufacturing facility, Pope said.

“This strategic location enhances our operation capabilities and allows us to service our customers better,” Smith said. “We are excited to be in Goldsboro and with our ties to eastern North Carolina, we look forward to providing jobs for local people and their families. We really are grateful for the support from the community thus far.”

Smith said the air filtration industry is strong and that demand during the pandemic has led to a need for labor to keep up with product demand.

“The great thing about air filtration is it’s booming,” Smith said. “The industry will never go away.”

Wayne Aycock, Wayne County Board of Commissioners chairman, thanked Smith and others for investing in the economy in Wayne County.

“While we continue to grow and bring new companies to our county and our region, we pride ourselves in continuing the small town values,” Aycock said. “On behalf of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, it’s an honor and a privilege to welcome you to Wayne County, a place that we call home.”

Pope said the company will receive economic incentives, which have not been finalized, from the county and N.C. Community College System.