Construction on the facility at the Dupont plant on the Bladen/Cumberland County line actually started last year. But the economic slump forced Dupont to halt construction, until now. The facility will produce polymer for a product used to make solar panels. It is news that has plant manager Karen Wrigley beaming. "Another green resource for energy and that's why with all the green initiatives, the photovoltaic is growing and continuing to grow at a rapid rate," said Wrigley. With the new facility come ten new jobs, plus up to another ten contracted spots. Bladen County resident Leisa Gore Dowless said, "Anytime you hear of an opportunity for new jobs, you get excited." The average annual wage of the new positions will be more than $36,000. That is at least ten thousand dollars more than Bladen County's average annual wage. Bladen County Commissioner Larry Smith said, "We're just proud to have Dupont in Bladen County and proud they're investing as much as they are in their plant to move forward and be a leader." Not only does it mean some new employment, but is reassuring for the plant's 600 workers. "Having the second investment here with a business that you know is going to be here for the long term, makes the job security for the employees here very good," added Wrigley. The new facility is expected to be up and running by July.
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