Metal Specialist LLC to expand in Duplin County

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RALEIGH - Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that custom metal fabricator Metal Specialist LLC will create 33 new jobs in Duplin County.

The company plans to invest more than $2.9 million to build a new headquarters of operation and manufacturing facility in Wallace.

“We are excited to announce that Metal Specialist has made the deliberate decision to expand in rural North Carolina,” Cooper said. “North Carolina-based companies know that our resilient economy, our great quality of life and our skilled workforce will continue to support their growth trajectory.”

William Chestnutt founded Metal Specialist in 2010.

The Sampson County company is a fabricator and distributor of Energy Star metal roofing products for the agricultural, commercial and residential roofing industries. The family-owned business, which focuses on exceptional customer service and retention of sales, has locations in Clinton and Jacksonville.

The new headquarters in Wallace will include a manufacturing plant for custom metal fabrication with expansion plans for a 14,000-square foot distribution center on five acres of land in the SouthPark Industrial Park.

“We are honored to receive the support from the commerce department and its key partners all the way down to the town of Wallace,” said Chestnutt, CEO of Metal Specialist LLC. “Our success as a small business is built on the principle of retaining sales and we're especially thankful to Carrie Shields and Duplin County Economic Development for their confidence in Metal Specialist to be an asset to Duplin County.

"This expansion supports our strategic plan for market penetration to open additional metal roofing and siding storefronts in southeastern North Carolina and South Carolina."

The NC Department of Commerce supported Metal Specialist’s decision to expand. The new positions include machinists, drivers, customer service representatives, clerical staff, operators and managerial roles. The average annual salary is $40,213, which creates a payroll impact of more than $1.3 million.

Duplin County’s average salary is $36,490.

Machelle Baker Sanders, commerce secretary, said small businesses and entrepreneurs like Metal Specialist LLC are vital to the state’s economy.

"We will continue to invest in our workforce development system and work with our economic development partners to support local businesses and help attract more jobs and investment to rural North Carolina,” Sanders said.

A performance-based grant of $100,000 from One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Metal Specialist’s expansion in Duplin County. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment.

All OneNC grants require matching participation from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

"I am well-pleased and extend my best wishes to the Metal Specialist Company, their management, customers, suppliers, and especially their employees for many years of profitable success in Duplin County,” said N.C. Representative Jimmy Dixon. "I also commend our Duplin County economic development folks for their efforts to attract and secure this excellent company."

The NC Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina were key partners in the project that included the NC General Assembly, the NC Community College System, Duplin County, the Duplin County Economic Development Commission, North Carolina's Southeast, Duke Energy and the town of Wallace.

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