170 new jobs, census work coming to area

Attempting to throw in some optimism after the announced closing of Volvo’s manufacturing plant, the AdvantageWest economic-development group announced today that 170 new jobs, as well as work for the 2010 census, will be coming to the area.

“Along with the recent news that Volvo Construction Equipment plans to close its manufacturing facility in Buncombe County, there is also some encouraging news here in the AdvantageWest region: the addition of 170 new jobs in Buncombe and Burke counties,” the announcement reads.

In Buncombe County, Thermo Fisher Scientific, which manufactures cold storage laboratory equipment, will expand its operations, adding 104 jobs at an average annual wage of $40,811.

In Burke County, the Mexican-owned Marves Industries, a manufacturer of mattress parts, will open a factory in Hildebran, adding 66 new jobs at an average of $33,636.

Also, the U.S. Census Bureau is looking for workers for the 2010 census, starting in January and February and lasting through June and July. So far, it’s unclear how many of the state’s 24,000 census jobs will go to Western North Carolina. More information on census jobs is here.

— David Forbes, staff writer


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