GE, the American appliance maker, and Baker Brothers, the maker of pipes, fixtures and other plumbing products, are teaming up to open a new North Carolina manufacturing facility.
The companies announced the news Friday in New Brunswick, N.J., and the project is expected to start in 2021.
The announcement comes as North Carolina has been grappling with a string of flooding that has forced the closure of hundreds of businesses and led to an increase in deaths in the state.
GE said Friday that it expects to spend $2 billion to expand its manufacturing footprint in the Carolinas.
The announcement was made to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the company and was made just days after North Carolina Gov.
Roy Cooper (D) signed legislation that prohibits the use of eminent domain to build infrastructure for oil and gas extraction.
The GE and Baker facilities will be built in a former pulp mill in North Augusta, according to the announcement.
The company says the plant will employ more than 5,000 people and will employ about 1,300 apprentices in its apprenticeship program.
Baker said the new facility will provide a new way to create a strong local supply chain for the industry.
We look forward to working with the state and local communities to create this plant, and we look forward in bringing more jobs and investment to North Carolina.”