Global leading and family-owned supplier of wood-based materials for the furniture, wood, and flooring industries, EGGER, based in Tyrol, Austria, recently announced that it would be building its very first manufacturing plant in Davidson County, North Carolina, United States (U.S.). Over the next decade and a half, EGGER will invest US$700 million in the cutting-edge facility, which is predicted to create 770 jobs. The first phase of the development which will take place over the next six years will create 400 jobs with the initial US$300 million investment.
The facility in North Carolina will be an ultramodern particleboard manufacturing plant that will enable EGGER to better serve its customers in North America and improve access for architects, designers, wholesalers, and furniture industry customers with their wide range of wood-based products and game-changing designs. EGGER’s goal is to replicate its current leading market position in Europe, and become the leading brand for wood-based solutions in North America.
“This facility will play a critical role in growing EGGER’s presence in the North American market for wood-based materials and ensuring product availability and speed of delivery for our customers here,” Walter Schiegl, EGGER Group CTO and member of the executive board, said. “Davidson County is the heart of the furniture industry, and we are looking forward to leveraging the skills and knowledge of the workforce here to create a workplace that the local community and state will be proud of.”
The facility will benefit the greater Piedmont Triad region by collaborating with existing local wood suppliers, acquiring wood byproducts from regional sawmills, and working with a wide range of suppliers for additional services. EGGER’s sales activities in North America have already proved that the range, quality, and pricing of its product portfolio are highly attractive to architects, designers, wholesalers, and industry customers.
“North Carolina’s legacy as a top state for furniture manufacturing and the availability of a skilled labor force is an excellent advantage for EGGER’s first entry into the U.S. market,” Governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, said. “International manufacturing companies looking to expand in the U.S. will find all the components they need to succeed in North Carolina – including a strong transportation infrastructure, proximity to suppliers and customers, a business-friendly tax environment, and of course, access to skilled workers.”
Construction on the multi-phased project is expected to begin at the end of 2018, subject to various approvals and permits, and production is slated to begin in 2020.
“We are as committed today to innovation, high-quality products, our employees, and the environment as we were when the company was founded 1961,” Michael Egger, co-owner of the EGGER Group, said. “Our mission is to create more from wood, and we will use our 56 years of history and knowledge working with this valuable resource to make this facility a global centre of excellence.”