Granville County getting new jobs

Nov. 04, 2013 @ 02:53 PM

AW North Carolina, a transmissions manufacturer, will expand production into Granville County.

The company made the announcement on Monday. Its manufacturing facility in Durham County will add 56 new jobs, and 85 new jobs will be coming to Granville County at a warehouse facility in Butner.

The company is credited with a $135 million investment through the two projects.
AW North Carolina is a subsidiary of Aisin AW Co., which manufactures automatic transmissions and navigational systems.

The Durham County facility was established in 1998, producing fully assembled automatic transmissions and components for Toyota’s Camry, Tundra, Sequoia and Tacoma among other vehicles.

The governor’s office also released the news Monday afternoon, including comments from Sharon Decker, the state commerce secretary, as well as elected officials and Masahiro Hayabuchi, president of AW North Carolina.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with Durham County and building a new relationship with Granville County,” Hayabuchi said in the prepared statement.

The statement indicated the partners in the project included the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, Durham County Board of Commissioners, Durham Technical Community College, Durham JobLink Center, the Town of Butner and the Granville County Economic Development Council.

Granville County’s unemployment rate dropped from 9.4 percent to 8.7 percent in the most-recent analysis released by the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economics Analysis Division. At the time, it matched the state rate of 8.7 percent and was above the national rate of 7.3 percent.