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Mooresville provider of surveillance planes will add 35 jobs

A Mooresville-based company that provides surveillance planes to the U.S. government and its allies will add 35 high-tech jobs during a $1.75 million plant expansion over the next three years, Gov. Pat McCrory announced Tuesday.

IOMAX USA Inc. employs a total of 65 people at its Mooresville headquarters in River Park Business Park off N.C. 150 and a satellite location in Denver, N.C.

“This is an important expansion for us as we work to strengthen our role as a leader in the aviation sector,” McCrory said in a statement.

Salaries for the new jobs will vary by job function, but the average annual wage will be $64,970, state officials said.

The expansion was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $75,000. The fund provides financial assistance through local governments. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. Grants also require local matches.

IOMAX was founded in the Catawba County community of Terrell in 2001, later moved to Denver, N.C., and opened its Mooresville headquarters in 2009, said Quentin Misenheimer, director of human resources.

IOMAX equips new crop-duster planes with intelligence and surveillance equipment. It trademarked the name Archangel for its planes.

Marusak: 704-987-3670; on Twitter: @ jmarusak.
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