Furniture manufacturing facility opening in N.C.

A Belgian furniture company will be opening a new manufacturing facility in North Carolina by the end of 2014. BuzziSpace will be spending $1.4 million to create the new factory, according to CNN Money.

BuzziSpace, which creates sound-dampening furniture for offices, had $17.5 million in worldwide sales in 2013, with 30 percent of those sales coming from the U.S. Tom Van Dessel, BuzziSpace co-CEO, said in a statement the move to the U.S. will help cut order deliveries down by six weeks. Van Dessel said the company chose High Point, N.C., because it values the state's principles.

"The High Point facility will be a reflection of who we are, what we stand for," Van Dessel said. "We feel strongly about creating a destination and a place that the local population will take pride in. In this place, we can make a real difference in the community by investing in its rich history in furniture, and its skilled labor. We'd particularly like to thank the State of North Carolina, Guilford County and the City of High Point for supporting us so strongly."

Adding new jobs in the process
The new factory is aiming to be open by the end of the year and will hire more than 100 people with an average salary of $45,000. This is good news for the area as the regional average salary is $43,000, according to the state.

Along with cutting down shipping time, BuzziSpace is opening the new plant in the U.S. because of rising labor and shipping costs abroad, plus inexpensive energy prices in the U.S. were an added factor, according to CNN Money.

Providing training and education
To help prospective workers prepare for the rigors of furniture manufacturing, North Carolina will fund training programs to educate new BuzziSpace employees. Local and state governments will be contributing $400,000 to this program, while the state will cover additional costs for workers who need extra training. North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said in a statement the arrival of BuzziSpace and the training program will help boost the local economy.

"BuzziSpace's project marks a giant step forward in our manufacturing comeback, transforming a once vacant property into a development-ready site that will create good-paying, permanent jobs," Decker said. "Location and a top-notch workforce make North Carolina the perfect place for international companies to manufacture and deliver products to markets around the world."

Manufacturers who are looking to hire experienced workers to help them meet the demands of the industry can consult with operations recruiters.