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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Area manufacturer’s expansion points to greater Wilmington’s global economic growth

An India-based manufacturer located in Pender County is doubling facility size less than five years after arriving in the area. (Port City Daily/File)

PENDER COUNTY — An India-based manufacturer located in Pender County is doubling facility size less than five years after arriving in the area.

READ MORE: Indian manufacturer to invest $7.9 million in Pender Commerce Park distribution plant

Polyhose Inc. is located in Pender Commerce Park and is set to take over 8 additional acres adjacent to the current 9-acre property. The company is known for manufacturing thermoplastic hoses in its warehouse and assembly center. It specializes in elastomer, polymer, fluoropolymer, stainless steel flexible and ultra high pressure hoses, along with various types of fluid connectors.

The company has locations in Asia, Europe and Africa and employs 3,000 people. The latest phase in Pender County is part of the company’s expansion plan, to continue strengthening supplies to leading automotive and construction equipment industries.

Wilmington’s McKinley Building Corporation and Becker Morgan Group, an engineering and architecture firm, are executing the plans, with project completion expected by 2025.

In August 2019, Governor Roy Cooper and company officials announced the greater Wilmington area would be the North American base for Polyhose’s assembly and logistics operations. County commissioners approved offers from Polyhose and Mobrix to purchase properties in the park for $410,000 and $634,400, respectively. The company invested $8 million to bring in 51 jobs at the time.

According to a release from Wilmington Business Development — the private nonprofit which recruits and retains industrial business — Polyhose’s success in Pender County points to the greater Wilmington area’s growing integration in the global economy. 

“Pender Commerce Park created a global economic gateway for our county, and Polyhose’s success here positions us for continued domestic and foreign investment,” Pender County Commissioner Chairman Brad George said in a recent press release.

Pender County leaders and Wilmington Business Development have worked closely since 2006 to plan the 350-acre infrastructure that is Pender Commerce Park, located off U.S. Highway 421, north of Wilmington. 

The commerce park has created more than 1,000 jobs, drawing employees from five surrounding counties, encompassing the Bladen and Columbus county region. Other companies stationed at the commerce park include: Empire Distributors, FedEx Freight, Coastal Beverage, Amazon, Maersk, and The Home Depot.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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