The Rowan EDC and Governor Roy Cooper announced today that Integro Technologies Corp. (Integro Technologies), a leading machine vision integrator, will expand its operations in Salisbury. Through this expansion, the company plans to support a new logistics engineering division that will aid the retail expansion of the e-commerce industry. Integro Technologies plans to create 30 new jobs over the next five years, as well as invest $2.6 million in equipment and improvements to its facility at 301 South Main Street in downtown Salisbury.
Founded in 2001, Integro Technologies is a machine vision, artificial intelligence, logistics and robotics integrator that designs and develops custom automated solutions for a range of industries including advanced manufacturing, e-commerce, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Headquartered in Salisbury since 2005, Integro Technologies has grown to be the largest machine vision integration company in the United States.
“We are excited about the opportunity to reshape and grow our organization in Salisbury to accommodate the post-COVID economy,” said Shawn Campion, president & CEO of Integro Technologies Corp. “The new positions will provide career opportunities with training for a range of educational backgrounds, from high school STEM and CTE classes or practical mechatronics and computer knowledge, to engineering master’s degrees. Willingness to learn, continually adapt to new challenges, and travel to customer facilities are attributes we seek in new candidates for career development.”
A variety of state and local agencies played key roles in ensuring that this expansion occurred in Salisbury. On November 3rd, the company was awarded an ‘Economic Development Investment Grant’ from the Salisbury City Council to help facilitate its expansion. The Salisbury City Council also agreed to apply to the State of North Carolina for an $80,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund on behalf of Integro Technologies. Earlier today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the One North Carolina Fund grant has been approved.
Salisbury Mayor Karen Alexander praised the planned expansion. “I am proud of the Salisbury City Council’s unanimous vote in support of the One North Carolina Fund grant opportunity for the Integro Technologies expansion project. Our congratulations to Integro Technologies, the recipient of this grant to expand their existing facility. This is exactly the kind of economic development project we need, with this expansion bringing more than 30 high paying new jobs to our downtown.”
Additional funding and support for the project was provided by the Rowan County Board of Commissioners, who awarded its own ‘Economic Development Investment Grant’ to the company. “Integro Technologies has been a valued employer in our community for fifteen years. I am thrilled that the company continues to invest in its operation and employees,” said County Commission Chairman Greg Edds. “Integro Technologies exemplifies the success that cutting edge businesses can find in Rowan County and we thank the company for its continued confidence in our community and for creating high-quality jobs at a critical time in our economic recovery.”
The ‘Economic Development Investment’ grants approved by both the Salisbury City Council and the Rowan County Board of Commissioners are performance-based incentives requiring the company to meet predetermined employment goals before the incentives are paid.
“We applaud Integro Technologies and thank Shawn Campion and his team for their continued commitment to our community,” said Rowan EDC President Rod Crider. “Integro Technologies is one of Rowan County’s most prominent technology firms and is leading our economy towards a new future. This expansion will bring not only new jobs and economic benefits to Rowan County, but it will also serve as a catalyst for Integro Technologies to continue the innovative, vital work they do to help other businesses thrive. We are proud to have the company in our community, and even more proud to be part of helping them continue to prosper.”
Other essential partners in the project include the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and the North Carolina General Assembly.