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Auto parts supplier to add 21 jobs in Columbus County

A supplier of automotive replacement parts will expand and modernize its distribution operations in Columbus County, creating 21 jobs, the state announced Thursday.

DMA Industries LLC will invest $1.47 million in its warehouse and distribution facility in Tabor City.

Although wages will vary, the average annual salary for the new positions is $40,824. Columbus County’s overall average annual wage is $38,544.

“DMA started its operations in Tabor City 15 year ago with the help of a lot of people at the local, county and state level,” said CEO John Treece in a statement. “We are a testimony to what can be achieve when people come together and pursue a common goal. We are proud to call Tabor City home and to continue to support a community that continues to support us.”

The company’s sales channels include parts for car dealerships, big box automotive retailers, traditional wholesale distribution, and e-commerce retail sales. DMA has manufacturing operations in seven different countries and will be opening a new shock and strut factory in Thailand in 2024.

The company’s project in Columbus County will update its Tabor City distribution center, including replacement of flooring throughout the facility and the installation of its warehouse management system that will include RFID wireless inventory tracking systems.

“This crucial project to enhance and modernize our operations and systems is needed to support another 40 million in customer sales generated over the next couple of years that we will support from our Tabor City facilities,” added Fred Snow, DMA chief operating officer, in a statement.”

A performance-based grant of $70,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate DMA Industries’ expansion. The OneNC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs.

Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All OneNC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

Chris Roush
Chris Roush
Chris Roush is executive editor of Business North Carolina. He can be reached at croush@businessnc.com.

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