EAST BEND, N.C. (AP) — EcoVolt Power Corp. says it is hiring 61 workers and investing $20 million in East Bend to produce environmentally-friendly automotive batteries.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports Friday that the New York-based manufacturer should be shipping some 6 million automotive starter batteries annually from Yadkin County within three years.
Gov. Bev Perdue traveled to Yadkin County to announce that a $200,000 grant from the One North Carolina fund provided an incentive for the business.
The batteries will be manufactured at other sites and shipped to East Bend, where electrolyte conductors will be installed before heading to stores. Company officials say they plan to make the batteries in East Bend also.
EcoVolt chief operating officer John Hoover says initial annual salaries will average nearly $28,000, slightly higher than the county's current average.