A local manufacturer has received a grant that will protect about 200 jobs at its plant and lead to the hiring of as many as 40 more.

In addition, Rempac Foam, which is located at 2005 Starlight Drive, plans to invest about $4 million to add 50,000 square feet of space to its facility.

Rempac, which specializes in manufacturing flexible foam and plastic products, plans the growth after receiving a $400,000 grant from the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority.

“These grants, in partnership with local city government, state and federal agencies, are crucial for our community to continue to invest in economic development opportunities that result in job creation,” said Channing Jones, the county’s Economic Development director.

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