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ConMet Returning to Jackson County

Jackson County officials have announced an expansion agreement with Consolidated Metco (ConMet) that will utilize 60,000 sq. ft. of the former Tuckasegee Mills facility located on Skyland Drive in Sylva. The company’s investment will approach $500,000 in facility upgrades, equipment, and lease payments to the county over a three year period, with the potential of creating 25 new jobs during the first 12 months of operation. ConMet will primarily utilize the Jackson facility for warehouse operations and some product assembly as well.

The announcement marks the return of ConMet to Jackson County, as the company formerly operated Cashiers Plastics as a custom injection mold facility. With the growth of the plastic injection molding market in the mid-90’s, ConMet relocated to a 292,000 sq. ft. facility in Bryson City in 1996, and then followed with the addition of a 380,990 sq. ft. plant in Canton in 2006. Those combined facilities employ over 1,100 associates. ConMet back to Jackson County after many years

Conmet To Add 25 Jobs in Jackson County

SCC-JessicaWaldronMore Good economic news is coming to Jackson County as Conmet will expand and add 25 jobs in the next year. County Commissioner’s approved the plan on Monday.

The plastics company will lease the 60,000 sq ft warehouse space at the former Tuckaseigee Mill for $48,000 annually while investing $350,000 for rennovations for lighting, loading docks and more bathrooms.

As part of the deal, Jackson County must pay $69,400 to remove asbestos. A 5-0 vote on Monday approved hiring NEO Corporation out of Canton to handle the asbestos removal. It expected that as soon as the asbestos is removed from one portion of the building that Con Met contractors will move in with their renovations. It is expected the facility will be in use within 90 days.Con Met has a three year lease with an 18 month escape clause.

County Manager Chuck Wooten described the partnership as a ‘win win’ for Jackson county. According to Wooten other entities had expressed an interest in the building but all has been apprehensive about entering a least because of the potential for health hazards from the asbestos tiles in the building.