- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina beat two of the Western Hemisphere’s poorest countries to land a Taiwanese textile plant employing about 600 workers at wages less than the countywide average.

A state committee on Tuesday approved tax breaks and other incentives that could exceed $5 million for a unit of Everest Textile Co. Ltd. The company makes performance textiles used in sports, outdoor and industrial clothing.

Jobs at the projected Forest City plant will pay an average of nearly $26,000, lower than the Rutherford County average of almost $32,000. The plant’s payroll is nearly $16 million.

The county has suffered from years of textile job losses and still has among North Carolina’s highest unemployment rates, 6.1 percent in October.

The company picked Forest City over Haiti, the Dominican Republic and South Carolina.

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