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MacLean Curtis moving plant from Cornelius to Mooresville


Nov. 20. The Curtis Screw plant, a mainstay in the Cornelius manufacturing scene for decades, will build a 97,000 square foot plant on 24 acres in Mooresville Business Park East. The new plant will be worth on the order of $30 million, and employ as many as 150 people full-time.

The Cornelius plant, which is 33 years old, employs about 100 people now.

John O’Neill, general manager of what’s now called MacLean Curtis, said the new site will allow more room for expansion. He says the business could double in size in the coming years.

The new site is on Manufacturers Boulevard in Mooresville Business Park East. The current facility—51,000 square feet on 24 acres—will remain operational until construction of the Mooresville facility is completed. O’Neill said the property will be listed for sale.

The Town of Mooresville and Iredell County, as well as the South Iredell Community Development Corp., Economic Development Partnership of NC, NC Department of Transportation, Duke Energy, NC House and Senate legislative bodies all helped in the company’s move from Cornelius to Mooresville.

MacLean Curtis is a leading manufacturer of precision-machined automotive components for powertrain, safety-critical and other automotive applications.

In August, the Iredell County Board of Commissioners and Town of Mooresville Commissioners approved an Industrial Incentive Grant for MacLean Curtis in open session in the name of Project Forsyth.

“The growth of MacLean Curtis is an exciting story for MacLean-Fogg. The demand from our customers for the high value, precision-machined automotive transmission and safety components that MacLean Curtis manufactures has been tremendous. Due to this customer demand, we had outgrown our existing manufacturing footprint. We’re looking forward to our Cornelius team continuing to grow and thrive in our new Mooresville operation” said Duncan MacLean, president of MacLean-Fogg.

“The MSIEDC began the site selection process over a year ago with MacLean Curtis to determine the best location. We are honored that they have selected our newest industrial park, Mooresville Business Park East as their new location,” said Robert Carney Executive Director, Mooresville South Iredell Economic Development Corporation.

“The Town is thrilled to see the land selling in this new business park. We are glad the MSIEDC has remained strong in their mission by recruiting companies that bring high investment and offer good paying jobs to the citizens of Mooresville and Iredell County,” said Major Miles Atkins. “Projects like MacLean Curtis sustain our tax base to the benefit of our citizens.”


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