Composite parts maker RMC Advanced Technologies is expanding its plant in Newton, N.C., in a move that will create 49 new jobs.
Montreal-based RMC will spend at least $7 million on the expansion, officials said in an Oct. 15 news release. RMC, a unit of graphene firm NanoXplore Inc., bought the Newton site from Continental Structural Plastics Inc. in September. The expansion will include new facility construction, machinery and equipment.
RMC employs 400 worldwide, making graphene-enhanced plastics and composite products for industrial and transportation markets. Officials said the Newton plant further positions the company with the ability to continue to produce body and hood components for major North American truck and bus manufacturers.
As part of the expansion, RMC will be building a new paint line, allowing the company to offer existing and new customers a turnkey solution and distinguish their offering from other competitors in the marketplace, officials added.
RMC "is extremely excited to have acquired and … to be expanding our new Newton operation to better fulfill the needs of our North American customers," Ali Karnib, composite operations vice president, said in the release.
Local officials will consider incentives for the project at upcoming public hearings, according to the release.
RMC launched its first U.S. operations in early 2019 when it opened a $7 million composite components plant in Surgoinsville, Tenn. That plant employs 54.