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Furniture Strategy Brings 64 Jobs in Burke County

Company Expands in Hildebran BURKE COUNTY – Geiger International, a manufacturer of premium wood case goods, seating, and occasional furniture for commercial and residential interiors, plans to expand their operation in North Carolina. The company will locate in a 93,000 square foot facility in Hildebran, creating 64 jobs. The projected annual average for all employees is $33,754 plus benefits and the average annual wage for all manufacturing associates is $30,981. The company will be investing $3.5 million over the next 3 years. “We are excited and encouraged by this announcement,” said Burke County Commission Chairman Wayne Abele. “Many well renowned furniture manufacturers call Burke County home and we continue to support this industry as one of our primary target sectors for job creation in Burke County. It is wonderful to see this strategy result in new jobs for our citizens who have tremendous skills and many years of experience in the furniture industry.” “The Town of Hildebran is very pleased that this company is coming to town and we look forward to working with them,” adds Town of Hildebran Mayor Karen Robinson. Geiger International is a subsidiary of Herman Miller, Inc., a globally recognized leader and innovator in furnishings for the office, home, healing, and learning environments. The company’s products are distributed in more than 140 countries and often sold through the architectural and design community. Geiger’s current operation in Catawba County has 24 full-time employees. This project will incorporate this operation in an updated and larger facility in Hildebran. Geiger’s President, Steve Gane stated, “By establishing new and expanded operations in Hildebran we will create greater operational efficiencies and reduce our costs, enabling us to better serve our customers as we continue to grow our business and create new opportunity for employees.” “Burke Development, Inc. is excited to welcome another quality company to our community. Herman Miller makes frequent appearances within Fortune magazine’s annual “America’s Most Admired Companies “and “Best Companies to Work For” lists,” which is the type of company we look forward to adding to our corporate community”, said Mike Watts, Board Chair of Burke Development, Inc. Burke Development Inc., would like to extend a special thanks for the assistance of Representative Mitch Gillespie, Senator Warren Daniel, and Representative Hugh Blackwell for their support and efforts to make this project a success. Burke Development Inc. partners that helped make this announcement possible include: North Carolina Department of Commerce, Burke County Commissioners, Town of Hildebran, Golden Leaf, Western Piedmont Community College, Western Piedmont Council of Governments, NC Rural Center, Committee of 100, Duke Energy, and NC Employment Security Commission. For more information about Geiger International, go to www.geigerintl.com.


Burke Development Incorporated, BDI, is a nonprofit 501c3 organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, existing businesses, government agencies and other entities to promote growth, innovation and sustainability in Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com. Contacts: Herman Miller / Geiger Mark Schurman Director, Corporate Communications mark_schurman@hermanmiller.com 616-654-5498 OFFICE 616-403-0960 MOBILE Burke Development Inc. Scott Darnell President scott@burkedevinc.com 828-439-4359 OFFICE 828-764-3295 MOBILE

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