Excel Interior Door LLC, a manufacturer of residential doors that got its start in Hartselle, Alabama, is relocating its headquarters to Forsyth County, North Carolina, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced this week. The company will invest $10.5 million to establish administrative offices and a new manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, where it expects to create at least 37 new jobs.

New jobs created by the company in Winston-Salem could potentially create an annual payroll of more than $2.38 million for the region, the governor’s office said in a press release. Salaries for the new jobs will vary by position; however, the average annual wage is $64,474, which exceeds the Forsyth County average of $60,038.

“North Carolina continues to attract manufacturers across all industries,” said Governor Cooper. “With our rich manufacturing legacy, access to raw materials, and a world-class workforce, we’re confident that Forsyth County will be a great home for Excel Interior Door.”

Excel manufactures interior doors for single- and multi-family homes. The company began in 2011, but its employee base includes team members with more than 30 years of industry experience, officials said. The new location will have 148,000 square feet of space, which the company said will help it meet increased demand with a higher production volume and decreased transit time, compared to the current Hartselle location.

“We are very pleased to establish our new manufacturing site and corporate headquarters in North Carolina,” said Mitch Sanner, CEO of Excel Interior Door. “We studied labor availability, site availability, proximity to shipping routes, and many other factors important to our expansion, and Winston-Salem consistently ranked as the ideal location.”

A performance-based grant of $75,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help Excel relocate to North Carolina. The 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.

Partnering with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Forsyth Tech Community College, Forsyth County, the City of Winston-Salem, and Greater Winston-Salem Inc.

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