Millwork manufacturer to undergo $7.5 million expansion

Woodgrain Inc. millwork and moulding products.

FRUITLAND, Idaho -- Woodgrain Inc., a building products company, plans to invest $7.5 million to expand its door-hanging operation in Rocky Mount, N.C.

“It’s great that Rocky Mount is Woodgrain’s top choice for its expansion,” said Governor Cooper. “This decision is indicative of the company’s positive experience with our strong communities, manufacturing economy and our world-class workforce.”

Family-owned and operated since 1954, Woodgrain is a vertically integrated manufacturer of molding, millwork, windows, doors, door jambs and door frames. The company is headquartered in Idaho and has operations in Chile and the U.S. with seven locations in North Carolina, including a sawmill. This expansion will relocate Woodgrain’s existing operation to a 225,000-square-foot facility.

“We are excited to expand our Rocky Mount operation, while also creating more jobs that will have a positive impact on this great community,” said Todd Dame, president of Woodgrain’s Distribution Division. “By expanding our manufacturing capabilities, we can further enhance our vertical integration, which plays an essential part in delivering on our commitment to creating quality millwork products. We continue to invest in North Carolina and thank all of our highly skilled associates for helping drive Woodgrain and American manufacturing.”

“From sourcing materials to supplying quality doors and framing products, Woodgrain knows the value that North Carolina brings to its operations,” said N.C. Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “With the largest manufacturing workforce in the Southeast, North Carolina is committed to providing a diverse, well-trained workforce to support global companies with their growth strategies.”

The new positions include production, warehouse, delivery, sales, and administrative personnel with a combined average annual salary of $44,464 for the positions, exceeding Nash County’s overall average annual wage of $44,377. The new jobs have the potential to create an annual payroll impact of more than $1.8 million.

A performance-based grant of $100,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help with Woodgrain’s expansion in North Carolina. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and 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 matching participation from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

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