Cleveland County Attracts 400 New Manufacturing Jobs in Shelby, N.C.

Raleigh, N.C. – An international manufacturer of commercial and industrial ventilation equipment selected Cleveland County for a major expansion of their presence in North Carolina, creating more than 400 jobs and investing $58.8 million in Shelby.

Greenheck Group is creating a campus in Shelby within the Foothills Commerce Center and says it will offer state-of-the-art amenities for all employees.

“Greenheck has a long-standing corporate value of being the easiest to do business with,” said Dave Kallstrom, Greenheck President, in a press release Thursday.

“The close proximity to our customers and ready access to a smart, talented workforce made the decision to expand our footprint in Shelby an effortless one. With the addition of a campus we will be able to offer team members a variety of career opportunities and amenities.”

Greenheck’s expansion will create new opportunities for production personnel, welders, and a variety of other support and professional workers.


“Many people and organizations at both the state and local level have worked hard to create the business environment where companies can thrive in our state,” said North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland). Greenheck’s new growth will provide many economic benefits for our region.”

Greenheck will provide strong, steady careers with higher than average pay for the region. The project’s jobs will provide an annual payroll impact of more than $16.2 million.

“Our rapidly growing region  is excited to welcome Greenheck’s expansion thanks to state and local leaders’ commitments to  workforce training and a pro-growth business environment that helps us compete globally for economic opportunities,” said Rep. Kelly Hastings (R-Gaston, Cleveland). 

The Greenheck Group is a leading manufacturer of air movement and conditioning equipment applying to a range of uses and industries. employing more than 400 people in North Carolina and 4,000 worldwide.

“Greenheck has long been a strong and supportive corporate citizen in our community,” said state Senator W. Ted Alexander (R-Cleveland).

“As an employer of choice in our region, I’m pleased to see the company will now bring even more opportunity to our workers.”

Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Cleveland County, the City of Shelby, and the Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership.

Greenheck Group’s expansion attracted a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee. Over the course of the 12-year term of this grant, the project will grow the state’s economy by an estimated $768 million.

“Leading manufacturers with first-hand experience of what it’s like to do business in North Carolina time and again choose to expand in our state,” Gov. Roy Cooper said in the announcement on Thursday.

The JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $3,278,000, spread over 12 years.

“North Carolina’s long and positive track record in workforce development and training provides companies the confidence they need to locate important business units in our state,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland.