4/14/2017 – Fiberglass door manufacturer Ryan-Al Door moving operations from China to Lenoir

Posted on: April 14th, 2017 by admin

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April 14, 2017

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A specialty manufacturer of fiberglass doors will move operations to Lenoir from China and invest $1.7 million to open a manufacturing facility that is expected to create 53 jobs, Gob. Roy Cooper announced.

 

Ryan-Al Door Systems will move production to a building off Clover Drive and U.S. 321 in Lenoir from a plant in Zhejiang, China.

 

“North Carolina competes for business with locations around the world,” Cooper said in a press release. “Ryan-Al’s choice to move operations from China to North Carolina demonstrates the many advantages our state offers manufacturers of every size.”

 

Caldwell County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Deborah Murray called the “reshoring” of manufacturing jobs from China to the U.S. “a pretty major accomplishment.” The availability of local workers skilled in woodworking, plastics, and machining makes Ryan-Al a perfect fit for Caldwell County, she said.

 

Ryan-Al also will be bringing distribution operations that currently are based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, “which shows how competitive we are,” Murray said.

 

Rick Trainor, the president and CEO of Ryan-Al Door, also praised the local workforce.

 

“Although originating our factory in China served a very useful purpose, by allowing us to establish a foothold and our brand in the market, we are to the point where we need American ingenuity and know-how to move ourselves in various other directions within the fiberglass door market,” Trainor said. “Landing in Lenoir, North Carolina, will be a natural fit with the area’s available skilled labor force.

 

“Transitioning from the furniture-building sector to constructing fiberglass doors should prove to be a very easy switch, and we are anticipating almost immediate results in the door-making process.”

 

Ryan-Al Door, which has headquarters in Diamond Bar, California, makes and distributes a wide variety of fiberglass doors and aluminum-framed windows. The company will hire administrators, managers, production, and operational personnel with an average salary for the new jobs pegged at $39,887, well above Caldwell County’s current annual average of $34,744.

 

No firm date has been set for hiring or beginning production, but company officials have said they plan to begin bringing equipment to Lenoir “immediately,” and within two months the work to get the facility ready should be obvious, Murray said.

 

Murray added that Ryan-Al Door hiring representatives may be at Caldwell is Hiring, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. until Noon on Thursday, May 18 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.

 

The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners voted in February to offer Ryan-Al Door incentives worth $2,000 for each new job created, documented, and maintained. That money served as the local matching funds to apply for a state grant of $150,000 from the One North Carolina Fund to help pay for getting the Lenoir building ready, which Murray said was vital for luring Ryan-Al Door to Caldwell County.

 

Before approving the grant, a team from the N.C. Department of Commerce came to Lenoir on April 7 to look over the building Ryan-Al Door was considering and learn more about work that will be needed to adapt it for the company’s operations.

 

The building once had been used for furniture manufacturing but in recent years has mainly been used for storage, owner Bob Greene told the Commerce team.

 

By Guy Lucas, (Lenoir) News-Topic

 

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