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Parts maker expands 3 NC plants, adds 330 jobs

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A Canadian auto-parts company plans to expand three North Carolina factories, boosting employment by nearly 330 jobs in the coming years.

Gov. Beverly Perdue's office said Monday that Magna Composites LLC plans to expand plants near Salisbury, Lenoir and Newton and could get more than $1 million in tax breaks if the jobs last at least six years.

The company is a division of Magna International, which operates 240 manufacturing plants in 25 countries. The company last year was set to buy German car maker Opel from General Motors before the U.S. company pulled the plug on the deal.

The largest of the three North Carolina facilities in Rowan County is expected to add about 180 jobs. The Caldwell County plant will add about 130 jobs, and the Catawba County site will add 10 workers.

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