Cataler North America

Nakaba Tamura (center), president of Cataler North America Corp., discusses the new automotive facility coming to Trivium Corporate Center with N.C. Secretary of Commerce Anthony Copeland (left) and Scott Millar (right) with the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation.

Automotive manufacturer Cataler North America announced Wednesday they will be creating at least 151 jobs over five years at a new manufacturing plant at the Trivium Corporate Center off Startown Road.

N.C. Secretary of Commerce Anthony Copeland made the announcement at the Workforce Solutions Complex Wednesday afternoon to an audience that included company officials, Hickory City Council members and Catawba County commissioners.

The company will receive a little more than $1 million in state incentives over 12 years, according to a release from Gov. Roy Cooper’s office.



Cataler North America is a subsidiary of Japan-based Cataler Corp. The company produces catalysts (often known as catalytic converters) for use in vehicles.

No local incentives have been approved but Catawba County Economic Development Corporation President Scott Millar said he would likely bring incentive proposals to Hickory and the county next month.

Millar said the minimum salary for jobs at the Catawba County plant would be $46,000. The plant should begin hiring by early 2021, he said.

In addition to the jobs, the company will also be investing at least $42 million in the new plant.

Cataler is the third company to locate in the business park, which is a joint project of Hickory and the county. Cable manufacturer Corning and radiopharmaceutical manufacturer ITM are also locating in the business park.

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