ConMet expands, adding 80 new jobs

By DeeAnna Haney | May 26, 2014
Photo by: Donated photo ConMet in Canton recently broke ground on a new building expanding the plant by 150,00 square feet.

One of Canton's largest manufacturing companies recently broke ground on a new expansion that will add at least 80 jobs in the county.

Consolidated Metco, Inc., often called ConMet, is a nationwide company that manufactures parts for tractor trailers, utility trucks and some school buses. The Canton branch has been open and growing in Haywood County since 2004 and is celebrating even more growth this year

Between 2012 and 2013, ConMet hired 100 new employees at the Canton plant and recently completed construction on an additional 150,000 square foot building that began last December after outgrowing the main 215,000 square foot facility. Plant Manager Nate Dingus said the new building will be more manufacturing and warehousing space.

“It is to support recently acquired new business ramp up as well as growing demand of our existing products and customers. In addition to the new employees, we are also adding a significant amount of new production equipment and manufacturing processes,” Dingus said.

He expects to be able to move into the building by Aug. 15.

As for the new employees, their jobs will mostly involve production work with some other salaried and indirect support functions, Dingus said.

This is only a small portion of the growth that the company hopes to accomplish in years to come. Currently, the Canton plant employs 460 with hopes to reach 500 by August, Dingus said.

In addition to the Canton expansion ConMet recently expanded warehousing space in its Arden facility by 66,000 square feet and are establishing small assembly and sequencing operations for Canton products next to customers in Chillicothe, Ohio, and Denton, Texas, over the next four months.

The Bryson City plant is also expanding its manufacturing footprint and is currently working with Jackson County on a facility in Sylva.

"Our market is strong right now,” Dingus said. “ConMet is one of the leading manufacturers of Western North Carolina and we are actively hiring for production workers, technical resources, skilled trades personnel and salaried personnel at all locations.”