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NC Marketing group to add 159 jobs

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A new announcement promises new jobs in the east. On Wednesday, the Secretary of Commerce revealed a Washington, NC marketing group will add 159 positions.

The company is idX Impressions; they have been a staple in our community more than a decade. When they were acquired by idX, their plans expanded; one that will require almost three times the number of employees.

Aside from 159 jobs over the next 3 years, the company will invest 3 million in capital improvements.  "It's a great opportunity. The unemployment here in Beaufort is high. The workforce is available and when we get the business growth that we need, we'll be able to bring people on relatively easy." Randy Roark, the Director of Operations said.

The company designs and builds retail spaces for companies like TJ-Max, CVS and Walmart. They recently scored a big contract with AIO Wireless, a subsidy of AT&T.

 “Retail is growing again in the u-s and worldwide and they do make these fixtures for global companies. So it's not just the u-s we are depending on, it's a global manufacturer.” Secretary Sharon Decker said.

Although the investment has no ties to the Rural Economic Development Center the Secretary of Commerce says they are working to improve that agency."

In July, a report revealed the publicly funded nonprofit mismanaged taxpayer money. State auditors said the center wasn't verifying the use of economic development grants. The long-time president resigned and the organization's state funding was eliminated.

On Wednesday, Secretary Decker responded to questions about the center's future. “All of this change is about improving our focus on rural North Carolina.  What we want is that rural North Carolina be at the center of Department of Commerce. I know the governor feels very strongly about that as do I."

Moving forward, the center will fall under the Department of Commerce. Secretary Decker says the transition will take place within the next 60 day. She told 9 On Your Side a new assistant secretary will oversee their operations.

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