100-year-old manufacturer will bring 73 jobs to Catawba County

April 13. Gusmer Enterprises, a manufacturer of filtration and fermentation products, is investing $26.5 million in a new production facility, which will create 73 new jobs in Catawba County.

The 135,000-square foot manufacturing facility in Hickory will be the family-owned company’s third plant.

Gusmer was founded in 1918 to provide products to the brewing market. Headquartered in Mountainside, NJ , it currently manufactures and sells products geared towards the winemaking, brewing, edible oil, and pharmaceutical markets

Nationwide search

Marla Gusmer Jeffrey, president of Gusmer, said they conducted a nationwide search.

The NC Department of Commerce led an eco-devo team that included the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the North Carolina Community College System, Catawba Valley Community College, Catawba County, Catawba County Economic Development, the City of Hickory, Piedmont Natural Gas and Duke Energy as well as the North Carolina General Assembly,

Average wage over $43K

New positions include engineers, mechanics, packagers, production staff, quality control, warehouse supervisors and administrative support. The average annual salary for all new positions is $44,000 creating a potential payroll impact of more than $3.2 million per year. Catawba County’s overall average annual wage is $43,290.

A performance-based grant of $300,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Gusmer’s expansion to North Carolina.


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