STATEWIDE Triad Region
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ASHEBORO — Teleflex will lay off most of the 635 employees at its local Arrow International medical-devices plant by 2017 as it moves production to Mexico. Wayne, Pa.-based Teleflex, which bought Arrow in 2007, also employs 450 in Morrisville, where it announced last year that it plans to invest $20 million.
MOCKSVILLE — House of Raeford Farms will reopen a 64,000-square-foot plant formerly owned by Siler City-based Omtron USA, which closed it in 2011, putting 476 people out of work. The Rose Hill-based poultry processor bought the plant at public auction last year for an undisclosed price and will hire 200 to make cooked-chicken products. House of Raeford employs 2,300 in North Carolina.
HIGH POINT — Steelcase will close its plant here by February 2016 and let go all 264 workers. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based manufacturer of office furniture is consolidating operations in Alabama, Michigan and Mexico.
TOBACCOVILLE — Reynolds American will hire 200 workers over four years to make its VUSE electronic cigarettes at its 2 million-square-foot plant here. Jobs will pay an average of about $40,000 a year, close to Forsyth County’s average of $42,588.
WINSTON-SALEM — A partnership of Philadelphia-based PMC Property Group and San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group paid $7.8 million for the 22-story Reynolds Building. They will convert the 314,000-square-foot building, which served as headquarters of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. from 1929 until 2009, into apartments, a hotel and restaurant.